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    Brand loyalty

    What is the role of brand loyalty in mountain biking.

    I had recently gotten my first mountain bike, a Specialized Hardrock SD. And after owning it for a while, I have thought, "I will never own any other brand for the rest of my life". The Hardrock just feels so much better than the other Wal-Mart bikes that I have ridden (and subsequently broken because they couldn't handle the trail). Before Buying the Hardrock though, I did also test rider some Treks, some Gary Fishers, and also a Marin. None of them felt as good as the Hardrock. So if someone were to ask me "what bike would you get if you had 2500 to spend", I would definitely say stumpy FSR. However, I know that other manufacturers make good quality bikes as well. So what is the role of brand loyalty?

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    What is the role of stupid questions on the "Mountain Biking" forum?

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    Whatever role you make it. You can miss out on a lot of great products by limiting yourself to one brand (no company excels at everything) but there's nothing wrong with doing so if it's what you feel like doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Kurt View Post
    ROFLMAO!!!!

    To the OP, buy whatever fits well and suits you. You may find that a particular brand tends to fit better than others across a line. I recall testing out Kona, Trek and Specialized hardtails, all in the same size. I found the Kona didn't really work, but that the Trek and Specialized were almost identical. Up until that point, I was a diehard Specialized guy, but I chose the Trek for the better parts pick. Don't limit yourself to a brand. Always test ride a bunch of different bikes to see what you like the most.
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    I will only roll on Huffy.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I'm loyal to the brands that are loyal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    I'm loyal to the brands that are loyal to me.
    propecia, viagra, lipitor, icy hot..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    What is the role of stupid questions on the "Mountain Biking" forum?
    Owww...
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW! WHAT A RIDE!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
    So if someone were to ask me "what bike would you get if you had 2500 to spend", I would definitely say stumpy FSR.
    Well stick around for about 12.999 hours and you will have a chance to answer that question of your dreams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Kurt View Post
    propecia, viagra, lipitor, icy hot..........
    Viagra and icy hot should never be in the same sentence.

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    I cant even get the frame I want for $2500.

    Hell, I cant even get the fork..

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    I'm loyal to the brands that are loyal to me.
    Bingo! I like that answer! Applies big time to LBS's, too.
    'My other bike is a bike.'

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    I am loyal to bikeforums.net. Whenever someone asks me where to get the most educated bike discussion possible, I say check out the Mountain Bike forum.

    Sometimes people say stuff that makes no sense, or even better, give product reviews on products and bikes they have never owned or even seen in real life. But hey, this is the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by probable556 View Post
    I am loyal to bikeforums.net. Whenever someone asks me where to get the most educated bike discussion possible, I say check out the Mountain Bike forum.

    Sometimes people say stuff that makes no sense, or even better, give product reviews on products and bikes they have never owned or even seen in real life. But hey, this is the internet.
    I have not owned viagra, I have owned icy hot. I can still conclude that icy hot and viagra is not a good thing.

    But yea doesn't apply to your comment but I figured I should throw that little tidbit of info in there. Only review things you have owned or ridden for long enough to make a good comparsion sounds like a generally good idea to me.
    Last edited by Nickds7; 08-15-07 at 06:21 PM.

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    Gold Bond Powder rocks.
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    Specialized sucks

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    So true. specialized licks ass.

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB View Post
    Specialized sucks
    its sux

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    Quote Originally Posted by wethepeople View Post
    I cant even get the frame I want for $2500.

    Hell, I cant even get the fork..
    what frame would that be

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    Brand loyalty? Nope, never, not me...
    Some people are just like Slinky's. Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB View Post
    Specialized sucks
    Quote Originally Posted by wethepeople View Post
    So true. specialized licks ass.
    Really? That's a complete and total shock to me. What would you suggest? Marin? Trek? Well I don't like Marin's and I feel that Trek's handle like trucks.

    Specialized bikes just feel right to me as they do many others. You didn't pick your bikes because somebody on the internet said another brand sucked....did you?

    Now if you want to talk about bikes that suck just head on down to your local X-mart / Big Sports box store and peruse their selections. I assure you that those "bikes" suck far worse than any bike you'd get in a real LBS

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    Saying "specialized sucks" sucks.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    Really? That's a complete and total shock to me. What would you suggest? Marin? Trek? Well I don't like Marin's and I feel that Trek's handle like trucks.

    Specialized bikes just feel right to me as they do many others. You didn't pick your bikes because somebody on the internet said another brand sucked....did you?

    Now if you want to talk about bikes that suck just head on down to your local X-mart / Big Sports box store and peruse their selections. I assure you that those "bikes" suck far worse than any bike you'd get in a real LBS
    Its an ongoing joke from **** loads of time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    Really? That's a complete and total shock to me. What would you suggest? Marin? Trek? Well I don't like Marin's and I feel that Trek's handle like trucks.

    Specialized bikes just feel right to me as they do many others. You didn't pick your bikes because somebody on the internet said another brand sucked....did you?

    Now if you want to talk about bikes that suck just head on down to your local X-mart / Big Sports box store and peruse their selections. I assure you that those "bikes" suck far worse than any bike you'd get in a real LBS
    Get a frikkin' clue. Specialized is for pozures of the highest level.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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