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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:21 pm 
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If you could start your own company and had to choose 5 brands to have (components, frames, wheels, what ever...) that you think are better than their exposure and current market position, what would they be???


So far:

KCNC
Syntace
Schwalb
Powercordz
Scapin(from the Basso thread :lol: )
Willier
PRO



Brands that do not self distribute to retailers...

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Frames would be Canyon for me. Especially in Germany. More innovative than so much of their competition, but still suffer image problems.

Microshift - for their shifting systems. People immediately jump on anything that isn't Shimano, Campagnolo or SRAM and poo poo it. Completely without reason and without testing it. Writing things off immediately as 'cheap asian copies' without even considering it might be an alternative.

Adidas Glasses - I am not going to lie, I got mine for free, because of where I work. So what? I have other brands of expensive glasses that IMO don't work as well, optically aren't as good, and don't have the cool designs they used to.

Let me think about this.... I will come up with a couple of others.

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KCNC is fairly revered on this forum, but I'm not sure they get the due credit everywhere

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Microshift has been tested and determined mediocre relative to other similar products.

Trek is underrated

Lemond is underrated

Campy Veloce, Centaur and Mirage are underrated.

$25 sunglasses with interchangeable lenses are underrated.

$25 CF bottle cages off eBay are underrated.

Campagnolo clothing is underrated.

No-name petroleum jelly is underrated.


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Guess I should clarify...

Not just under rated but run through distributors... Trek, specialized etc go to retailers direct. Canyon is HOT but they are direct to consumer...

If you were going to puck brands that needed better exposure what would they be.

KCNC is a darn good example...

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Where are you going with this young Pezzy? :?: :D

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PezTech wrote:
KCNC is a darn good example...


Do I win a "good example" prize? :no1: :waving:

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Easton: from seatposts to forks, these are featherweight parts that actually work well.
Powercordz: not just lighter, they run smoother and don't rust. You don't
Schwalbe: the Ultremo has been out for years but is a match for the Michelin Pro Race 3 in terms of grip, puncture protection and weight.


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Syntace. In Denmark the distributor only has the aerobars.... :roll:


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http://pro-bikegear.com

Reasonable priced bars, stems etc.


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http://pro-bikegear.com

Reasonable priced bars, stems etc.


Shimano has def. done a crappy job marketing Pro stuff. There aren't too many places that even carry their stuff.


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What about Edge for rims?


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What about Edge for rims?


I think any lack of exposure for edge is more due to their lack of time on the market, I'd be expecting them to start advertising pretty heavily in the next year or so. And theres no real evidence on their quality yet apart from a few tests like Madcows

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I'm kinda updating up top so thanks for the replies so far...

someone PM'd me Pinarello here for North America.

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Scapin is definetely one of them. If it wasn't so hard to get these frames I would have one a long time ago. Amazing stuff. By the way onyone has one????

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