whats the most overrated brand, and what is the most underrated.
of course this is merely opinion based
pic related is my most overrated. everyone in this city thinks they are the best you can get and would literally spend 2X the amount to get one.
FBM is very underrated imo. Theyre handmade in the USA in the same building theyre designed in. They can take ridiculous amounts of abuse. Theyre not some cookie cutter brand
- Velo Orange
The vibe these guys are chasing is running out of steam. Multiple recommendations from Riv have steered me down expensive, shitty paths. Soma's bikes are too expensive. All are overpriced and getting stale.
I'd lump All City in there too.
Aluminum rules. Fair prices for what you get. light on gimmicks and memes. Not totally disgusting modern aesthetics (could be better though)
Yeah I don't hate them. They make some cool stuff like that BB that doesn't need threads
I take issue with Riv and VO pushing heavy steel bikes and thing like centerpull brakes to hipsters who think the items are authentic.
Good on both brands for selling V-brake and disc bikes recently. An d full disclosure if VO would make a step-through frame again my wife would finally have a bike that was cute enough for her and non-shit enough for me
She needs dick or V brakes because she is overconfident and gets hit by cars commuting
Also Soma sticker isn't vintage-y enough for her ::shoots self in face::
Now she wants a Salsa Marrakesh in black and I fear for her life. She can't handle derps or a bar end shifter. ... we'll see
you looked at the SPECCALIZED AWOL?
Italian brands and anything italian-sounding like Cervelo.
Novara. For whatever reason, REI seems to be able to do better on value than most big-box brands, and they have some unique bikes like the Safari.
He's an asshole who sues everyone over everything. Volagi almost got foxed by SpecEd, and that would have been a shame because Volagi makes neat stuff.
LeMond pre-Trek buyout, can take a real beating and keep going and cheap for what you get. Also Novara and Scattante are a good value mostly.
Specialized, Surly, all the retrogrouch brands like Soma, New Albion etc.
This baby gives me serious wood but jesus christ $1300??!!