Tuesday, January 1, 2008

This Week's Poll.

Last week sucked mostly because my question sucked which I hope hasn't given me blog leporsy...(Don't visit his site he's unclean. UNCLEAN!) So now I have a new more controversal question....
Which of these 5 major bike brands are in your opinion the most overrated

Cervelo....or as I like to call it the Nazi bike. These things are spreading through transition areas across the country like a virus. Gone are the days when you go through the bike racks and admire truly unique machinery, any one remember those crazy Softrides, or how about the Merlins, or a full carbon Look Time trial bike.Now on almost every rack there are rows of P2 Carbons, Solists, P3 Carbons for those with the dinero or sponsorship. Cervelo has spread through the transition area like a plauge. Why? Friendlness towards triathletes? Results? ( enter Chrissie Wellington here.) Manical marketing plots for world domination? Idk? I just hate it when people become part of the herd.

Trek: Now I have nothing against the brand. Made in the USA...kinda sorta...if Tawain is a new State....Carried Lance to TDF Glory along with some kid called Contador. Their Time trial bikes are decent, road bikes are sexy so why did I put them in the poll? For the 50 something mid-life crisis CEO's that throw a size XXXL Discovery Channel Yellow Jersey on then they mount a $10,000 piece of speedass and do it no justice. I have nothing against riding to get in shape or emulate Lance but please don't desecrate the TTX 9.9 yes its fast but trian to go fast to be worthy of such a bike...buy a Pilot or a nice 105 equipped rig to train on then go for the speedass.That's what Lance would want you to do.

Specialized: My brand....Bob Why the F**K did you put your brand in the poll? Two Reasons
1. For the legions of the Cervelo army to get a chance to fire a pot shot.
2. Those freaking I am Specialized Commercials. Effective marketing yes but so is Team Quick Step sprinting to Glory...Macca lording over the lava fields, Peter Reid giving S-Works his seal of approval...man this marketing scheme is almost as bad as Cervelo's....minus the free t-shirt to all the guys who rode their bikes at Kona.

Cannondale: The C dizzle or as some in the industry have dubbed it "Crack and fail" granted the term was used for the mountian bikes. But still it does leave a lingering stigma. Granted Team Barloworld, Faris Al Sultan and others have riden them to great accomplishments....The jury is out What is your verdict?

Litespeed/QRoo : Once upon at time there were two companies. One (QRoo) made triathlon specific wetsuits and bicycles. The other (Litespeed) made bikes out of this wonder material called Titanium Alloy, which was just as light as carbon fiber but a little bit stronger. Then some guys in the lab found away to make carbon fiber ( "Titanium is dead!"they exclaimed.)and the guys at lightspeed had to think fast to CTA (cover their assests). So they bought out QRoo and made deals that if you fork over $5000 you get a high end bike and a free wetsuit. Now from what I hear QRoo makes some mean products, but I have to be a little leary if you're giving me a wetsuit with my bike...its sort of saying " you need a 3 minute advantage on the swim because everybody and their brother is going to fly by as soon as you leave T1."

Ones that should have but didn't make the list:

Motobecane...in the 70's they were Euro Gods...then disco died....granted $1100 for full Ultegra is pretty sweet.

BMC: $12,000 for a custom TT1 Time Machine Frame comes with your choice of Phonack Testosterone or Team Astana EPO...

Kuota: Ok so Normann Stadler is sex on wheels and you think its the bike......seriously I didn't see the Kueen K patting him on the back or healing his GI distress.

Krestel: Macca's former ride. The day he signed with Specialized "Baby come back "could be heard blaring in the sobbing manager's office.

ok now that I've insulted the bike industry I will go langish at why no one wants to sponsor me. Hope you get some laughs.

Still Specialized


Jodi said...


That's my vote. I think Cervelo makes the best entry level bike in the business. Don't be a hater just because they are popular.


Angry Runner said...

You know what insults can fly out of my filthy mouth on this one...

Didn't someone somewhere say one day that "it's not the bike, it's the engine"?

Bob Almighty said...

Angry: Yes I am fully aware of what I said. Although I believe the correct wording was " It's not the bike it's the rider." and yes I still believe in rider over machine but quality componets do help.

Jodi: I think I heard of Planet X once and the price tag on the bike was the GDP of a 3rd world country...good enough to add them to the overated column.