Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Bike Names: Marketing Gone Wild

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Bike Names: Marketing Gone Wild

Old 11-27-18, 09:30 AM
  #1  
since6 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Lacey, WA
Posts: 1,391

Bikes: Stevenson Custom, Stevenson Custom Tandem, Nishiki Professional

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 285 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 29 Times in 16 Posts
Bike Names: Marketing Gone Wild



This caught my eye and prompted the thread title, the "Sequence Thruster", should bring the weekend ride conversation to a halt. Of course there's always one to speak up...."Hey that's a nice [Thruster/Sequence] you've got there...."
since6 is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 10:01 AM
  #2  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Posts: 37,158

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1973 Raleigh Twenty, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 419 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5368 Post(s)
Liked 86 Times in 68 Posts
Wow, that's bad.

There is a rumor that the Chevy Nova didn't sell well in South America because "no va" means "doesn't go" in Spanish.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 10:10 AM
  #3  
greg3rd48 
Senior Member
 
greg3rd48's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Bronx, NYC
Posts: 1,728

Bikes: '19 Fuji Gran Fondo 1.5, '72 Peugeot PX10, '74 Peugeot U08, '78 Fuji Newest, '89 Fuji Ace, '94 Cannondale R600

Mentioned: 67 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 222 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
@noglider That is exactly the case Tom.
greg3rd48 is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 10:16 AM
  #4  
since6 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Lacey, WA
Posts: 1,391

Bikes: Stevenson Custom, Stevenson Custom Tandem, Nishiki Professional

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 285 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 29 Times in 16 Posts
Don't be shy, do share other bikes as Marketing knows no excess.
since6 is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 10:44 AM
  #5  
DrIsotope
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 6,746

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn

Mentioned: 99 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3588 Post(s)
Liked 156 Times in 117 Posts
Anything from Cove Bikes, because honestly it just sounds like they're trying too hard.

Hustler
G-Spot
Shocker
Hummer

There's always the Ibis Hakkalugi. Bridgestone makes an NJS-stamped Keirin bike called the Anchor, which to me is baffling.

The Bianchi P.U.S.S. So bad it's good again?

__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 10:55 AM
  #6  
wrk101
Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 22,019

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Mentioned: 67 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 653 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 39 Times in 34 Posts
I always thought some of the marketing names that suggested the bike was special were ridiculous. Example, Ross Professional Gran Tour. Not a Professional model, not grand, and not a touring bike either..... They also made a Professional Super Gran Tour.....

Heaviest bike I ever owned was a JC Penney "Liteweight".
wrk101 is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 10:58 AM
  #7  
mtb_addict
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,905
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3015 Post(s)
Liked 32 Times in 28 Posts
"Anchor" is a technical term for the last leg of a relay race.

which is often the strongest, most reliable, fastest person in a team.

Last edited by mtb_addict; 11-27-18 at 11:13 AM.
mtb_addict is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 10:59 AM
  #8  
Phil_gretz
Journeyman Bike Commuter
 
Phil_gretz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 5,040

Bikes: '71 Jeunet 630, '79 Peugeot PXN10LE, '88 Fuji Saratoga, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite, '18 Velobuild VB-R-022

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 567 Post(s)
Liked 74 Times in 50 Posts
Schwinn Caliente. Um, no...
Phil_gretz is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 11:00 AM
  #9  
jetboy 
Senior Member
 
jetboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 2,988

Bikes: centurion ironman, look hinault 753, Zunow z-1, 83 stumpy sport, look kg96, various others

Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 624 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
most the really bad names are recent and come from that trend - there must be a name for it.. where you just keep adding "Ultra!" or "Neo" to the original name instead of just changing it. like on CL right now is a "2013 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon Evo FSR" Just try saying that: "I have a......"
jetboy is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 11:12 AM
  #10  
gugie 
Crapmaster Emeritus
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 7,361

Bikes: JP Weigle'd Raleigh Competition reconstruct, 73 Raleigh Competition 650b'ed, 96 Bike Friday NWT, 83 Lotus Classique, 78 Centurion ProTour, 73 Raleigh Grand Sports

Mentioned: 775 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2215 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 42 Times in 34 Posts
Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
There's always the Ibis Hakkalugi.
...which was outfitted with both a hand job and toe jam.



__________________
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
gugie is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 11:14 AM
  #11  
ksryder
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,833

Bikes: yes

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 732 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 39 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Wow, that's bad.

There is a rumor that the Chevy Nova didn't sell well in South America because "no va" means "doesn't go" in Spanish.
That's what I've always heard too (and I remember winning a quiz bowl match in high school with that answer) but out of curiosity I checked it out on Snopes and as it turns out, it's BS:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ch...-name-spanish/
ksryder is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 11:50 AM
  #12  
Pompiere
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 2,462

Bikes: 1984 Miyata 310, 1986 Schwinn Sierra, 2011 Jamis Quest, 1980 Peugeot TH8 Tandem, 1992 Performance Parabola, 1987 Ross Mt. Hood, 1988 Schwinn LeTour, 1988 Trek 400T

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 217 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
I have always liked the Iguana MTB from Giant. As in "I just went for a ride on my Giant Iquana".
Pompiere is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 12:00 PM
  #13  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Posts: 37,158

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1973 Raleigh Twenty, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 419 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5368 Post(s)
Liked 86 Times in 68 Posts
Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
That's what I've always heard too (and I remember winning a quiz bowl match in high school with that answer) but out of curiosity I checked it out on Snopes and as it turns out, it's BS:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ch...-name-spanish/
OK it still makes a good story, and some things like that have actually happened. But thanks for the snopes article. It's good reading.

My father (RIP) liked to tell the story of a policy Proctor and Gamble had in the 1950s of hiring no Jews. They developed a new laundry detergent, and they named it Dreck, which is Yiddish for crap. Because there were no Jews, it almost went to market, but someone caught it in time.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 12:03 PM
  #14  
mtb_addict
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,905
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3015 Post(s)
Liked 32 Times in 28 Posts
I thought that any publicity is good publicity? Like from word of mouth adverstising.
mtb_addict is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 01:02 PM
  #15  
TiHabanero
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2,275
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 644 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 20 Times in 19 Posts
For the illiterate population there is the famous Giant Butte.
TiHabanero is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 01:21 PM
  #16  
Vintage_Cyclist
Senior Member
 
Vintage_Cyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Big Apple
Posts: 1,236

Bikes: yes

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 316 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Vintage_Cyclist is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 01:34 PM
  #17  
20grit
Curmudgeon in Training
 
20grit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Rural Retreat, VA
Posts: 1,957

Bikes: 1974 Gazelle Champion Mondial, 2010 Cannondale Trail SL, 1988 Peugeot Nice, 1992ish Stumpjumper Comp,1990's Schwinn Moab

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The Peugeot Nice was hard for me to sell on Craigslist. People just thought I was saying the bike is nice. But no, it's a town named Nice.
20grit is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 01:52 PM
  #18  
dweenk 
Senior Member
 
dweenk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,151

Bikes: 1971 Fuji Finest, Royale, S-10-S, 1976 Motobecane Mirage, 1989 Trek 330, 1100, 1970 Raleigh Sport, and more

Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 575 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
The Peugeot Nice was hard for me to sell on Craigslist. People just thought I was saying the bike is nice. But no, it's a town named Nice.
I own one of those "Nice" bikes in dark pink.
__________________
"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." –Mark Twain
dweenk is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 02:04 PM
  #19  
DrIsotope
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 6,746

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn

Mentioned: 99 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3588 Post(s)
Liked 156 Times in 117 Posts
Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
"Anchor" is a technical term for the last leg of a relay race.

which is often the strongest, most reliable, fastest person in a team.
To 99% of people, it's the curved metal weight that holds ships in place. The term anchor has come to indicate stability or immovability.
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 02:24 PM
  #20  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Posts: 37,158

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1973 Raleigh Twenty, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 419 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5368 Post(s)
Liked 86 Times in 68 Posts
Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
The Peugeot Nice was hard for me to sell on Craigslist. People just thought I was saying the bike is nice. But no, it's a town named Nice.
...pronounced "neece."
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 02:49 PM
  #21  
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 12,060

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 287 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1738 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
For the illiterate population there is the famous Giant Butte.
Definitely a contender!

Among modern cyclocross bikes, I like the Kona Jake the Snake, All City Nature Boy, and All City Macho Man. I'm waiting for someone to come out with an Iron Sheik.

The worst failed attempt at this genre, IMO, is the Van Dessel Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you that you're trying too hard.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 02:52 PM
  #22  
52telecaster
ambulatory senior
 
52telecaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Peoria Il
Posts: 2,649

Bikes: Bob Jackson World Tour, 81 miyata 912 and 86 miyata 312.

Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 816 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 10 Posts
When i was working at a local bike shop the head wrench showed me where to put the trek manuals under the front desk. Next to them was a stack of Giant manuals. I said, "the giant ones go there?", he replied, "they're not that big."

Sorry, a little off topic.
52telecaster is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 02:53 PM
  #23  
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 12,060

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 287 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1738 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 16 Posts
It's kind of hard to believe that Trek didn't bring back the 420 as a fixie. It makes me think their marketing department isn't paying attention. Or maybe the hipster fixie trend and the 420 obsession didn't overlap. I'm not really up on these things. I just see them in passing.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 02:56 PM
  #24  
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 12,060

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 287 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1738 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
When i was working at a local bike shop the head wrench showed me where to put the trek manuals under the front desk. Next to them was a stack of Giant manuals. I said, "the giant ones go there?", he replied, "they're not that big."

Sorry, a little off topic.
A local CX race series used to give out Giant floor pumps as random prizes. Every week the promoter would tell us, "They're normal sized pumps, but they're also Giant." It was funny the first couple of times. I guess you never know when new people will show up.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline  
Old 11-27-18, 03:27 PM
  #25  
bentaxle
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 35
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
And then there are ones that maybe got lost in translation (or were they intentional?):

Campagnolo's clipless pedals were called "ProFit", which looks an awful lot like "profit" for a company known for high prices in North America.

I have a pair of Italian cycling bib shorts that have the catchy phrase "Essence of Cycling" running along the chamois. I'm sure they were thinking of the essential spirit of those who cycle . . . or was it the aroma of the shorts???
bentaxle is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.