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    performance brand or nashbar brand?

    which do you prefer...i think the quality of nashbar products is lacking.

    btw...there's a woot off right now.

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    i havent had too many nashbar branded products but i very much like my performance gloves, jersey, and jacket.

    overall as a business to buy from (now 1 entity, supposedly) i prefer nashbar

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    Quote Originally Posted by pista_chica
    there's a woot off right now.
    I don't get it, all I see is a wireless router

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    Aren't they the same folks?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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    It depends on what it is. You just have to know what you are buying.

    They don't actually make anything. And it is now the same company.
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    it's the same company, and they source stuff from many of the same factories. Performance brand is supposed to be better, but that means very little. They also aren't looking to undercut themselves, so you really shouldn't be seeing the same product with both names on it.

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    I like the Performance brand clothes (or at least I used to, I have heard they have switched suppliers). I have generally been pleased with Nashbar components. They are not light or particularly pretty, but they have all been functional and reasonably durable.

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    An example:

    I recently purchased a 'Nashbar' fluid trainer for $110...


    ...after looking at a 'Performance' fluid trainer for $150.


    Look similar? As others have said, Performance/Nashbar doesn't make them... I think Elite is the manufacturer.

    Not saying every branded product is this way, but it pays to do your research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimblysweep
    it's the same company, and they source stuff from many of the same factories. Performance brand is supposed to be better, but that means very little. They also aren't looking to undercut themselves, so you really shouldn't be seeing the same product with both names on it.
    They are trying to get two different markets. Just like Toyota and Lexus are the same company, but Lexus is given the upscale image (and consequently higher price). Nashbar is meant to be the "bargain" company, and performance carries the "higher end" products. Like chimbly said, they try to carry different stuff so as not to compete with themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sac02
    I don't get it, all I see is a wireless router
    instead of replacing the item at 1:00am (est), the product is replaced with a new one immediately after it runs out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sac02
    They are trying to get two different markets. Just like Toyota and Lexus are the same company, but Lexus is given the upscale image (and consequently higher price). Nashbar is meant to be the "bargain" company, and performance carries the "higher end" products. Like chimbly said, they try to carry different stuff so as not to compete with themselves.

    Mac
    No, they are using the " If you can't beat your competition, buy them" theory. They each have been around for a while and have some bussiness practices already in place. Performance bike also bought another mail order place. I think it was Colorado Cyclist. They want to buy the competition.
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    I've found Nashbar brakes to be perfectly good once you change the pads (the stock ones are pretty much just crayons for turning your rims black) and an outstanding value for 19.99 a pair as they usually are.

    Every other nashbar branded item has been total junk identical to the noname stuff here (brands like Radical and Cheng Shin) in my experience, from components to tools, and I won't buy anymore, except the brakes.

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    My nashbar seat post has treated me very well, but honestly, how do you screw up a seat post?

    Their handlebars are crap though, compared to Nitto.
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    nashbar bought out supergo also
    http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...RVDGNYp-tthdQY How do hotdogs survive in the wild with no eyes or legs??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoozyMcliverRot
    nashbar bought out supergo also
    Actually, Performance bought both Nashbar and Supergo. I miss Supergo.

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    I've had good luck with things like jerseys, saddle bags, brake pads, water bottles and cages, and other stuff like that from Nashbar. For real bike components or more critical clothing items, such as shorts, I stick with name brand stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    No, they are using the " If you can't beat your competition, buy them" theory. They each have been around for a while and have some bussiness practices already in place. Performance bike also bought another mail order place. I think it was Colorado Cyclist. They want to buy the competition.
    Yes I realize Performance bough Nashbar. And now that they've bought them, they want to differentiate their brands to appeal to more customers and make more $$$.

    Cars are a great example of this. Ford, Lincoln and Mercury are all the same company (and often sell the same car), but through marketing and modifying the cars slightly, each brand has its own unique identity, so that Ford appeals to a much broader range of consumers and can sell more cars.

    Look at the rear derailleur pages and tell me that the marketing guys aren't positioning Nashbar as the bargain brand and Performance as the higher-end:

    http://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?s...%20Derailleurs

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_id=5116

    Nashbar's derailleurs start at Tourney for under 10 bucks, and Performance doesn't sell anything under 105 level.

    Mac

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    the only reason I choose nashbar over performace is nashbar's site design, much easier to get around
    "The only reasons anyone should ever ride in the rain is because a) youíve had your license to operate a motor vehicle suspended by the state. b) youíre in a bike race in which case youíre not allowed to use fenders anyway. c) youíre from Portland- in which case my main problem is with your neck beard- not your bicycle...If you need to train when itís pissing rain- buy a trainer or one of those cheap charter flights to Mallorca."

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    nashbar always ship faster, too

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