I have nothing better to do this week then mouth off
My apologies if I've offended any fanatics.
5. Peugeot PX-10
The traditional PX-10 by itself, is a great bike - perhaps one of the best 531 bargains of the day, and responsible for putting many a rider on a lively machine with Nervex lugs. Yet, these things presently command prices right along with Italian machines with Columbus SL, despite having near-consistently sloppy lugwork and brass oozing out from joints, and paint jobs that rival that of a fixed gear hipster Drew armed with a paintbrush. They don't deserve it.
4. 1958-1979 Schwinn Paramount
The Paramounts, unlike the PX-10's, were generally well built, and never failed to win in the appearance department - rarely do you find one that isn't beautiful, even if looking worse for wear. Regardless, despite being a reasonably small-run frameset, Paramounts are unusually plentiful - more so then PX-10's - and command equally silly prices that better machines do not bring due to name appeal. Furthermore, the stiffer seattube used on these things give the Paramount's a dead feeling for most riders of lighter weight.
3. Colnago Super Duper Master Pooper
I can't put together an overrated list and leave an Italian marque out. Sloppy framework, chipping paint, and peeling chrome punctuate the majority of the desirable Colnagos, yet, people go nuts over them. I'd rather have a Basso that costs a third of the price (and rides the same), or a De Rosa that costs the same and is far better in quality.
Someone (I forgot who) said it best: Ernesto was best at marketing Ernesto. Wiser words were never spoken - his framebuilders simply pushed out what was needed to fill the demand of that marketing.
2. Trek 720/728
Once again, a bike that brings considerable prices on eBay, though at least the 720/728 appears, at first, to be a well thought-out machine - mounts for front racks, and cantilever brakes on all but the first edition from 1982. Long 531 chainstays so one doesn't hit their heels on the rear racks. Sure, it sounds brilliant - on paper. These very chainstays - which appear to be a very clever idea - absolutely ruin the 720's. The flex on these 720's is of such a pronounced nature that one tires out quicker with an unloaded 720 running with 25c tires at 100 PSI then with a hardtail mountainbike running knobbies on pavement.
For that matter, I've long suspected that many Treks had inefficient silver penetration on their brake bridge. Granted, I have little to go on - you might have seen my rant this morning about the blue frame that split at the bridge/seatstay much like my 720 - but I've got a hunch that this affects more frames then most people realize (and I'll be keeping my eye out for any other examples of this same damage).
1. Raleigh International
I just don't get this one, I really don't. Raleigh tried to copy the Schwinn Paramount as a touring bike, and magnificently failed in the quality department - and the International still doesn't have mounts for a front rack (Schwinn never figured that out either, though I know at least one all-chrome 54cm frame was custom ordered with front rack braze-ons and a considerable load of extra French-tourer type fittings).
That said, I don't know how many Internationals I've seen with lower Nervex headlugs that no longer resemble Nervex lugs as a result of two pounds of brass forced into the joint because of improper heating of the lug during construction. While not characteristic of all of them, I've seen worse brazing on Internationals then I've seen on Peugeot PX-10's. Granted, Raleigh did some decent Internationals (while Peugeot had a nice middle ground of mediocrity), but the bad ones far exceed the term bad.
Paint was nothing spectacular, some nicer then others, with pinstriping that looks like a 5-year-old Nottinham lad was employed to do the job, armed with a can of Testors and a cheap paintbrush. It looks even worse when that dull gold lining is slathered over a horribly-brazed lower headlug.
Don't get me started on frame alignment either - I know of at least two that were checked in a framebuilder's jig, and found to have slightly warped headtubes from overheating and possibly due to being force-fit during construction (there is a term for this built-in tension, but I forget what it is).
Of course, at the risk of repeating myself - naturally, the Internationals command obscene prices on eBay just as all the other machines here. Does it deserve it? Well, as with everything I've said here, it is subjective - but I wouldn't pay anything close to eBay prices for one, let alone Craigslist prices (and it isn't because I'm cheap either).