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Re-branding another bike to please the sponsors?

Old 12-05-10, 08:10 AM
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Re-branding another bike to please the sponsors?

Saw this in another forum. A Specialized Crux repainted and rebranded into a Merckx.

Is this a common practice in the pro scene?



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Old 12-05-10, 08:14 AM
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The pros did it...
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Old 12-05-10, 08:24 AM
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It's been going on for quite a while. You don't think the 7-Eleven team was really riding Huffy bikes do you?
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Since pros started having bike sponsors, this was happening.

IIRC, Big Mig's Pinarellos were really Pegorettis. 7-Eleven's Huffys were Serottas. Eddy Merckx rode re-badged De Rosas. And the list goes on, and on,and on, and...
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Old 12-05-10, 11:00 AM
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Pro tennis players do it all the time also. It's called a paint job.
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That cross bike is just a rebadged leftover from when Quick Step was sponsored by Specialized. QS doesn't have a real cross team, so they prolly just repainted some stuff they had laying around. Happens often.
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iirc armstrong's merckx and claoi were resprayed litespeeds.

for that matter motorolas calois were resprayed merckxs.
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I didn't realize that the new Merckx company doesn't have a cross bike in the line-up.
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Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
It's been going on for quite a while. You don't think the 7-Eleven team was really riding Huffy bikes do you?
Say it ain't So!

Next thing you'll be telling me that the Murray's that were raced in the mid-80s were not really Murrays.
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happened. modern carbon just about got rid of that practice
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Not nearly as common as it used to be. In this case, Merckx doesn't even make a cross bike (so far as I know), so a QS rider isn't going to have a CF bike unless he uses something else.
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botto is a resprayed Pcad.
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I had to respray my car to lose my wanted level
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Originally Posted by canthidefromme View Post
I had to respray my car to lose my wanted level
I wonder how many of us are going to get this, lol.
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Originally Posted by 7bmwm3gtr View Post
I wonder how many of us are going to get this, lol.
Probably more than you think seeing as this is an online forum.
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Originally Posted by canthidefromme View Post
I had to respray my car to lose my wanted level
Originally Posted by 7bmwm3gtr View Post
I wonder how many of us are going to get this, lol.
Oh yeah.
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
Probably more than you think seeing as this is an online forum.

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I manage a tennis club and we have gotten hold of several racquets from the pros. As stated above, when you see a pro tennis player on tv, the racquet they are using is a paint job. Andy Roddick, for instance, uses a racquet from 15 years ago, but has it painted modern job. I'm assuming this is the same in cycling. You cant expect an elite athlete to constantly change his equipment each and every year, but the companies want their money, so what better way than to paint it up and hope it sells.
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The road scene is covered here.

'cross bikes will catch up eventually.
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The road scene is covered here.

'cross bikes will catch up eventually.
Very useful information, thanks for sharing.
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If I remember correctly there were pictures of a ZIPP disc with easton sticker on a website saying this was rebranded cause easton doesn't make full disc wheels.
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Originally Posted by cycleWV_23 View Post
Andy Roddick, for instance, uses a racquet from 15 years ago, but has it painted modern job..

more info please, as last i checked he had by far the fastest serve in pro tennis *___*
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Old 12-06-10, 07:52 AM
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more info please, as last i checked he had by far the fastest serve in pro tennis *___*
You are correct. Many have come close to his record, but no one consistently has the serve he does. He uses what is called a Pure Drive racquet, but his is the 2nd generation one, but with the most recent 5th or 6th gen paint job. There was a huge story on Andre Agassi, way back when, where he was using a prince but it was painted as a Donnay, just because they were his sponsor and they want him supporting his product. Im just assuming that the cycling community is probably something like this for the pros, at least?
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