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Old 08-03-07, 01:56 PM
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Forte products from Performance

Have any of you tried any of the Forte products Performance is selling? I'm contemplating buying these shoes, and was wondering if anybody had tried them: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2120

I currently have these, but they are a size or two too big, and I can't take them back to the store where I bought them since they are now used: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2120

On a similar note, anybody want to buy a lightly used pair of Shimano M121G's in size 49? hehe.

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I wouldn't buy any shoe without trying it on first.

I also wouldn't buy their house brand tubes or tires. I've had extremely bad luck with them in the past.

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I bought there look compatible pedals. Horrible, absolutely horrible. I like the store, and the one near me had good mechanics, but I will never buy anything from forte again. I feel a few times that evening from those unreliable pedals. Outside of that evening, I have fallen only one other time due to not getting my feet out in time.
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+1 for store-brand products. It's cheaper and the quality is pretty good for the price! I rock a pair of the MTB cycling shoes (older version), still going strong years later. Gloves, century shorts, and more.

-1 Performance. As a store in providing knowledge and service, or custom ordered parts, it can suck my left but cheek.

+1 They sell those Michelin ultra-light tubes with the 60mm French Presta valve, on sale!

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i got a forte stem and saddle. both were easily 30-40% cheaper than comparable brand names. and both seemed to work just fine for me so far. the saddle is actually really comfortable.
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I bought my wife some Forte 23c road tires and they appear to be pretty nice. She's a once per week type bike rider. Personally, I don't own Forte products.
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Originally Posted by thejanitor View Post
I currently have these, but they are a size or two too big, and I can't take them back to the store where I bought them since they are now used: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2120
Take them back to Performance. They have a very liberal 'satisfaction guaranteed' return policy.

I've had good luck returning things to the store that weren't right, even stuff purchased through their online site. Having a receipt always helps.
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The forte forks, bars and stems are very nice.
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wife bought me a pair of riding shorts, not bad for the money,
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I saw a pair of forte spd pedals they were "super light" perhaps because they were made mostly out of plastic.
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Old 08-03-07, 02:27 PM
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Got a Forte seatpost collar for 4 bucks. Amazing product. Seatpost stays put when bolt is tight. Seatpost is loose when bolt is loose.
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97 View Post
Take them back to Performance. They have a very liberal 'satisfaction guaranteed' return policy.

I've had good luck returning things to the store that weren't right, even stuff purchased through their online site. Having a receipt always helps.
Yeah, I wish I'd bought them from Performance, but I didn't. I got them from a local store, and I no longer have the receipt... oh well.

Thanks for the responses, everybody!
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I have a Forte compact carbon crank and seatpost, and both have been great after 1.5 years of regular use.
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Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post
+1 for store-brand products. It's cheaper and the quality is pretty good for the price! I rock a pair of the MTB cycling shoes (older version), still going strong years later. Gloves, century shorts, and more.

-1 Performance. As a store in providing knowledge and service, or custom ordered parts, it can suck my left but cheek.

+1 They sell those Michelin ultra-light tubes with the 60mm French Presta valve, on sale!

Your math is a little off.

+1 -1 +1 = 1
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I also like a number of the performance-brand products that I have tried. I like the basic jersys, century shorts (not gel - I don't like gel anything), cell foam gloves, inner tubes, and bottle cages so far. Their basic clothing holds up as well as the name-brand stuff, and I actually prefer the padding-level that you find in a lot of performace gear (some, but not too much padding). I also know someone that adores their Forte saddle (I think that it is made for them by a name-brand Italian company).

I stay away from some performance-brand stuff when it comes to things like pedals, shoes, outer-wear, and under-layer garments. I'm pretty picky about my feet and pedals, and they have to fit just right or I won't buy them. I prefer the way that Shimano shoes and spd pedals fit, work, and adjust so far. I don't like look-type pedals, and have not tried speedplay x-series or zeros yet, but know a lot of guys that love those.

As for outer-wear, I prefer to either use no-name brand but thick and cheap PVC jackets and pants (warm-weather rains), or go straight for the name-brand stuff with genuine gore-tex outer shells (cold rain mixed with sleet and/or snow, or cool-misty conditions). Performances lower cost stuff is not worth the extra price over the stuff that you can get at any discount store, and their gore-tex level stuff is not as decent a quality as PI or other cycling our outdoor gear brands. I've known several people with performance-brand outer-wear that have had zipper and seam problems, for instance. That is very rare for PI and other name-brands.

Performance under-layer garments are just too pricey for what you get. You can go to Target, Walmart, etc. and get a decent long-sleeve polyester under-shirt, synthetic socks, skull caps (cheap synthetic stocking cap), etc. for less than half the price, that work just as well.

My opinion. I think that you will get lots of different opinions about this.
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I had a set of Shimano SPD pedals break down on me three or 4 years ago. I was pretty broke and the Performance flyer that came in the mail listed a set of SPD-compatible pedals for $12.50. I bought them intending to replace them a few weeks later when I had more cash. I'm still riding them - they work just as well as the Shimano's, claim to be lighter and at least in my case are more durable - the Shimanos they replaced only lasted a year.

That being said, I haven't been back for more Forte stuff.
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Their shoes felt like plastic and pinched a lot. I returned them and got Pearl Izumi shoes instead.
+1 for trying a shoe on before buying
Also, if the shoe sucks, the shop might take them back and treat them as defective.
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Tires - suck
Seat - a dear friend (tried five quality seats that didn't work out) who is unfortunately wearing out
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Originally Posted by whalen83 View Post
I saw a pair of forte spd pedals they were "super light" perhaps because they were made mostly out of plastic.
I think I have those pedals. They are the Forte Rail. Cromo body and axle w/ dual sealed bearings. At 256 grams per pair w/o cleats, they work well, have pleanty of conering clearance, and don't cost a whole lot. I would have gone w/ Ritchey's V4 SPD pedals but they require a special sunken cleat which meant I would have had to replace my MTB pedals too (so I can use the same shoes). No plastic on the pedal other than the end cap where the 'F' is.
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Originally Posted by Hopetoditchcar View Post
I bought there look compatible pedals. Horrible, absolutely horrible. I like the store, and the one near me had good mechanics, but I will never buy anything from forte again. I feel a few times that evening from those unreliable pedals. Outside of that evening, I have fallen only one other time due to not getting my feet out in time.
I have 2 pair of their CR150 Ti pedals and they work great.
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Those shoes are terrible. I own a pair. Splurge the extra $50 and buy something you can try on. You'll thank me.
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I like the Forte Fusion saddle. The Forte Classic is kinda an @$$ hatchet, but that could be because i didn't have it adjusted right... I also use their thorn resistant tubes since i can't find such tubes anywhere else.
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I have forte inline levers that seem fine and buy their bar tape when it's on sale. No problems with it.
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Originally Posted by brianallan View Post
Those shoes are terrible. I own a pair. Splurge the extra $50 and buy something you can try on. You'll thank me.
That's the kind of answer I was looking for... hehe. Thanks for the advice! I think I might go ahead and splurge on a pair of Sidi Blaze shoes instead.
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Try before you buy is a real good bet for shoes, your going to be in them a long time.
Forte aero bars I don,t remember the model number I like them.
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