Born from inspiration, the Zongshen Cyclone RE5 looks f…


I was having a chat with a mate over the weekend about Chinese knock-offs. Over a beer, we pondered: why do they do it? What do they get from it? Will it ever end? This ties in as the new Zongshen Cyclone RE5 looks very familiar…

We came to the conclusion that a manufacturer following trends very closely allows them to stick close to popular styling cues, and follow design elements that engineers have been paid top dollar to put together. 

Imitation is the best form of flattery, at least.

The result can be a bike that looks very similar and could perform to a relatively respectable degree (usually just with a fraction of the power) – or a bike that falls flat on its face. But, as time goes on, Chinese manufacturers are doing what works and dropping what doesn’t. 



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