The Torqued Wrench has an interesting little piece about The Myth of Origin for bicycle brands.
It reminded me of an OEM catalogue I recently came across that listed dozens of possibilities a brand can choose from in building their next frame. The tubes are ready to go.
This is how many brands "engineer" their frames. Despite the volumes of marketing literature on the brand's investment in state of the art engineering, this is how many modern bikes are produced. They are pieced together from a catalogue like choosing upholstery.
It is not that these are not great frames. Some of them are fantastic. It just gives a window into the economies that drive bicycle branding and production.