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Under Appreciated Brands on the Road

Old 05-12-15, 11:29 AM
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Under Appreciated Brands on the Road

There are many, many logos on frames to choose from. But most around where I am read; Trek, Specialized, Felt, Cannondale, & Giant. A shame I think, because there are many more worthy to be seen more, or recognized more. (Cervelo isn't common but what many dream/drool on here).

What brands deserve more recognition on road bikes? I'll start with Marin. Their Stelvio is a fine ride, & a relatively nice price.
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I'll second Fuji too. They have been in the bike business for a very long time and their road bikes always look nice. I have never owned one, but remember one owned by a girlfriend in college that was a very nice bike.
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Makes no sense to list marques that aren't who or what they used to be. Fuji is just another brand owned by a conglomerate and used to fill a certain price point. Merlin is not at all the bike that it once was being now a house decal stuck on a mass produced bike and sold only by Competitive Cyclist. What better example could there be than Motobecane, a house brand of Bikes Direct? These are just names purchased for marketing clout to stick on bikes all made in a big, nondescript factory. If you want to list lesser known but real current bike makers, you have to try a bit harder.
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Most people buy within price points and most ride fairly modern bikes. I think the OP is probably focused on modern bikes that don't get much attention. That's the way I read it anyway.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Fuji is just another brand owned by a conglomerate and used to fill a certain price point.
Proof that Fuji is under-appreciated. They are the flagship brand of ASI. Maybe they don't have the research investment that some of the bigger guys have, but they put out a decent product.
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Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
I'll second Fuji too. They have been in the bike business for a very long time and their road bikes always look nice. I have never owned one, but remember one owned by a girlfriend in college that was a very nice bike.
I'll 3rd Fuji. They're not the company of the 1980's of course, but I think they have designs that're actually performance instead of marketing! SST with ribbed DT for stiffness, Altamira is undeniably light (but not a flimsy noodle), and their Transonic has gotten many stars in reviews!

I've ridden Tarmacs & Altamiras many times for many miles, & I'd take a Fuji over the Specialized.
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Originally Posted by Giant Fuji View Post
Most people buy within price points and most ride fairly modern bikes. I think the OP is probably focused on modern bikes that don't get much attention. That's the way I read it anyway.
Yes, I was thinking of today's lineups.

I'll bring Lapierre to the thread, but I'll admit I'm biased. (I own a Xelious efi)
They have the attention in Europe, but they do exist here. Unrecognized by most.
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Proof that Fuji is under-appreciated. They are the flagship brand of ASI. Maybe they don't have the research investment that some of the bigger guys have, but they put out a decent product.
Always have put out a decent product or even better, but it is not like there is a personality driving it any more.
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Always have put out a decent product or even better, but it is not like there is a personality driving it any more.
I'm not looking for 'great personality' when picking machines. Personality is what people resort to for bragging up ugly blind dates and old cars that are hard to keep running.
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I'm not looking for 'great personality' when picking machines. Personality is what people resort to for bragging up ugly blind dates and old cars that are hard to keep running.
That's fine. I just meant that nobody like the original family was in charge to give the company its character and purpose. Say like Specialized. But sure, Fuji is a fine bicycle.
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That's fine. I just meant that nobody like the original family was in charge to give the company its character and purpose. Say like Specialized. But sure, Fuji is a fine bicycle.
There are still people there giving the company character and purpose.

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I see that Nashbar is carrying MEKK now. I have never seen one in person or even heard of them before I saw them on Nashbar. Do you know a lot about them? I actually like their bikes (looks alone) based on what I've seen on the web.
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