Originally Posted by vanessalvs
I was looking at bikesdirect.com, how is the overall quality of the bikes they sell on this site? Are they reputable?
Mike buys direct from the manufacturer, and basically brands the bikes as his own. So you're probably getting a frame as good as any of the big brands at a slightly lower price. That would make them comparable to a name brand selling at a price point $100-300 higher, depending on the bike.
The trade-off? You can't try before you buy, like at your LBS. And there's some assembly required. A few folks have received bikes damaged in transit, which Mike is pretty good about resolving. He sells a ton of bikes, but mostly you'll only read about the few people that have some issues, never the billion satisfied bike owners.
For the record, your butt can't tell the difference between a Trek, Giant, Specialized, or BD bike frame.