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Worst road bike.

Old 05-30-07, 09:13 PM
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Worst road bike.

What is the worst road bike you have ever owned/ridden? What was so bad about it?
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Old 06-03-21, 05:59 PM
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Not to revive a zombie thread, but I wonder if this would catch some attention today. Surely some of you guys here have ridden some abysmal bikes and can share a story or two?
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Old 06-03-21, 07:28 PM
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2015 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3......Lets just say, it was the correct bike if you liked bottom bracket noise, and we can leave it at that. On the flip side, I sold a Cannondale Supersix that I loved to move to the Synapse...... I was clearly not thinking correctly.
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Old 06-03-21, 08:47 PM
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2015 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3......Lets just say, it was the correct bike if you liked bottom bracket noise, and we can leave it at that. On the flip side, I sold a Cannondale Supersix that I loved to move to the Synapse...... I was clearly not thinking correctly.

Bottom bracket noise drives me nuts. I had a Raleigh Mojave 4.0 MTB that had a creak in it. It's a miracle I don't need therapy after riding it like that for so long. (I was too lazy to fix it)
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Old 06-03-21, 09:12 PM
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A zombie thread that never went anywhere, ok, I'll play along. First year of release schwinn fastback pro. Got to take it for a test ride and was coming down a mountain road in the Catskills, one I'd ridden plenty and new all the spots to watch for and how bad the pavement sucked. Usually could do 50mph down it with skill and effort, didn't need to pedal just safely guide the bike. That bike wasn't safe at 30mph, thing was so stiff and rigid that it felt like it went airborne several times and like it was slamming into anything. Chattered and skipped through the curves and even at 30 I felt out of control, only bike that ever came close to being as bad was a trek 2300 from around 02/03.
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Old 06-03-21, 09:37 PM
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It wasn't really a bad bike quality or performance wise, but I had an 80's Colnago Super that I absolutely hated. I couldn't wait to get rid of it, and I really couldn't tell you why I disliked it so much, maybe it's my aversion to the color maroon. I think I sold it for like $200.
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There are a number of bikes that I would hardly qualify as a "road bike".

When my Viscount was stolen, I replaced it with an Astra, I think. It filled a need, but was old, slow, and clunky. And the bottle generator just slowed it down.
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A GMC Denali from WalMart. Didn’t own one, just took it for a spin. Everything on it is cheap junk. You probably could not build a worse bike if you tried.
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I've never had a bike that was bad for it's intended purpose. I have used bikes for other than their intended purpose that made my choice to get them bad.
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Some of my road bikes I've liked better than others, but I've never had one that was "bad".

Lemond Zurich - My first real road bike. Handled really well, but I got enamored by a Bianchi Ti MegaTube at the LBS, and the Lemond frame helped fund it.
Bianchi Ti MegaTube - Nice bike, but a little long in the chainstay. Sold it to fund some cyclocross wheels.
Time XV Special (one-off, trade show frame) - Brilliant ride and handling. Derailleur hanger broke, and Time replaced the frame under warranty with a XV Special Pro, which I still have today. Ride and handling is still the best I've been on.
Felt (team bike) - Stiff and quick. Excellent crit frame.
Fort (team bike) - Not quite as stiff as the Felt, but did its job just fine.
Colnago VIP - The most flexy and comfortable aluminum frame I've ever ridden. Super stable and predictable. Sold to a friend, whose son is riding it now. I will be getting the chance to buy it back in the near future.
1977 Nishiki ONP - Recent rebuild project of a frame originally bought new by my dad. Excellent handling. Agile and fun, but won't take the place of any of my CF bikes.
Storck F.3 Platinum - My current road rocket. Not quite as comfy or sure-footed as my Time, but it's light, fast, fun, and looks awesome.

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A GMC Denali from WalMart. Didn’t own one, just took it for a spin. Everything on it is cheap junk. You probably could not build a worse bike if you tried.

This was my first “road bike” I can’t agree more.
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Old 06-04-21, 10:04 PM
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I don't know that I've ridden a "bad" road bike. Maybe a couple that didn't fit me quite right. Usually a different stem, handlebar, maybe cranks, will sort out nagging ergonomic problems. Ditto, better or at least different components to sort out interface stuff.
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The only bike ever bought then sold after a few rides because I didn't like it was a Specialized Diverge that I bought to be used as a comfortable road bike. Kind of got caught up in the gravel bike craze. At my age I should have known better. That was the most sluggish bike I ever had. The geometry is great for stability on gravel which is what it was designed for, but they suck on the pavement if you're actually sprinting and climbing and riding hard. CX bikes are much better for that purpose and I have one.
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Old 06-05-21, 03:16 AM
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I had my worst ownership experience with my Cervelo R3. The first frame cracked, the second frame had a dropped chain which jacked up the finish almost right after the shop put it together.
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It's probably the bike I'm riding the most in recent months - a Verenti Technique (Wiggle's own brand) that has an unforgiving aluminium frame that hammers your butt on the crappy roads we have in the UK. Nothing wrong with the groupset though - Shimano Tiagra 4700 that has worked flawlessly and without any attention from new in 2018. It was wonderful when I switched to my CAAD 12 (105) but that's a moot point as I now need to fix the dreaded 'Cannondale Creak' on that so it's parked up!.
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I used to work for a shop which would sometimes send us out around the city to pick up a customer's bike (leaving a shop bike there), and we'd ride it back to shop (most of the rest of the time, we'd take the shop to them via cargo bikes).

So I got to ride some right clunkers. Of course, any BSO automatically qualifies for a mention here, but the less said about those the better... What stands out to me isn't any particular brand or whatever, but how a single bung component can really mess up a bike. Usually it'd be something up with the rear shifting, but the best one was a half-seized headset which made the bike totally spooky, felt so dangerous to ride. Second on the list for totally cruelling a bike's dynamics would be mad slop in the headset.

Speaking of which, a dishonourable mention for all those companies who totally half-arsed their headset bearing seats in carbon frames such that riding the bike for any length of time with a loose headset destroys it. Bodged up a few of those with aluminium tape around the previously unsupported outer faces of the bearings, after the tapered seats got all chewed to hell.
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It wasn't a road bike it was a Trek BMX bike and it was heavy garbage. I had a previous BMX/kids bike (I don't remember it having a coaster brake but cannot remember that far back) that was light chromo and just was a dream to ride but I had an issue and didn't know crap and wanted to replace it because I wasn't thinking.

In terms of worse road bikes I haven't really had any bad ones that I could say were bad. I have had issues but nothing as a result of the bike but parts on it that needed some love before I got it.
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Having grown up with a series of worn-out hand-me-down bikes, I'm not sure if I've ridden one that was truly bad or if they were just worn out. My Sears bike I rode for many years was the poster child for worn out bikes; the FD (or more likely, the FD cable) was seized so I just left it on the big chainring all the time. The brakes were very sketchy. Each wheel had at least one spoke missing. Eventually the chainring wore to the point it would skip under the chain during hard pedalling. But in my family, if any of us kids had something wear out or break, it was always our fault so we would have to do without. So I kept riding it and said nothing.
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I've never had a bad bike, but my bikes have often suffered due to a bad engine.
The problem now is that while the engine is a bit better, it's getting old.
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There was one know-it-all fellow who promised an extensive review of his Eurobike. I expect it will end up here when he undoubtedly follows through.

Unless he's the one attempting to sell the frame on the local Craigslist.
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There was one know-it-all fellow who promised an extensive review of his Eurobike. I expect it will end up here when he undoubtedly follows through.
I was just thinking about that guy. I wonder if his bike has been delivered yet? Maybe that thread should be made a sticky so he (and the rest of us) can find it easily.

thoughts on Eurobike XC7000?
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
A GMC Denali from WalMart. Didn’t own one, just took it for a spin. Everything on it is cheap junk. You probably could not build a worse bike if you tried.
Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
This was my first “road bike” I can’t agree more.
I had a co-worker once that owned one of these. He asked me what he should do with it, to which I replied "Get rid of it, and get a better bike." He took it to a bike shop, and they told him the same thing! So he did.
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Merida ride cf 2014. Steerer tube didnt manage to survive small dent on the road.
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Koga-Miyata Prologue, from roughly 1993, that I picked up NOS frame-and-fork in 1999-2000 or thereabouts. I think it was intended to be an entry-level racer. It wasn't bad, just felt sort of . . . dead. It certainly did not inspire extra effort or miles. I swapped all the parts onto a 2000 Lemond Zurich frame & fork - much better.
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Schwinn 754. Wheels sucked. Seat post with bolt built into the downtube allowed the seat post to slip down. When I was riding it back to my apartment in Pittsburgh from the Amtrak station the bearings started to fall out of the cassette during a long climb.
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