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Old 08-15-07, 01:02 PM   #1
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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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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'm loyal to the brands that are loyal to me.
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propecia, viagra, lipitor, icy hot..........
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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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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..
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Bingo! I like that answer! Applies big time to LBS's, too.
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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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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.

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Specialized sucks
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So true. specialized licks ass.
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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...
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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.
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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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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.
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