This is a bit off topic, but what really annoys me is when people start talking about how superior one brand is to the rest due to marketing, "research" or sponsored riders statements. I mean mostly Specialized and Cervelo. The people with cult loyalty for those brands and hate for others is ignorance in its purest form.
I completely agree with this as it applies to all brands, and pull it back to the Pinarello discussion. It's the cult loyalty and blind belief that what-you-pay-for-makes-it-superior or a blind belief in that brand's marketing that creates the hate. Then again a marketing dept loves this sort of thing so they would consider the hate talk a success.
It isn't so much the aesthetics - those are personal, some like it, some don't.
It is, however:
-Completely false weight claims that were several hundred grams off. That's just ridiculous. Since then Pinarello have dropped the claims or adjusted them, but that initial lie was memorable.
-Outlandish claims. This is the same with a lot of brands, unfortunately.
-Taking credit for other brand's innovations. Asymmetrical chain stays, for example.
-The pricing. Over the past few years other brands have raised their prices to match Pinarello, but years ago the costs of a top-end Dogma were significantly above other brands and it was very questionable as to why when you considered how far off the weights were, the aesthetics, and the questionable claims.
Overall I think they're nice bikes. I personally don't like their shape at all, but again some do and we're all different. They ride fine, but it's not for me. Some people really love them - and that's good for them.
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