The thread on ceramic bearings got me to thinking of the times that I've simply wanted the "best". Of course what is best for one application and/or person may not be best for another. That is a given. In any event, because this is a more mature collection of folks, I was wondering how many of you can remember your first cycling purchase experience where you felt you had just gotten the best there was to get. For me, it was the first purchase of a Brooks Pro saddle in 1976. It was a lot more expensive than other saddles, but in my eyes it was worth it. (BTW, I still have that saddle but don't use it any longer.) At about the same time, I got a pair of 2nd generation Phil Wood sealed hubs and thought it just didn't get any better than that. How about you? What was the first "best" you can remember?