Wednesday, May 27, 2009
According To Our Research...
"Research tells us that all the kids are crazy about these "fixed gear" bikes and urban bikes are the fastest growing segment of bike sales." I have no problem with the Specialized Langster. It's a nice aluminum track bike... for racing, which they know. Then,
to capture more of the urban market, Specialized went and made all these absolutely horrible city-themed Langsters all of which sucked. Bad. Lately, big-S marketing bought a gang of 14 year old kids in the tuscon suburbs a case of PBR to show they had "street cred" and were "hip to the kids jive" -then took a crap-ton of notes to uncover what made a "legit" fixed gear. Specialized started in steel like most companies but hasnt been down that road in quite a while. Thats a shame, they were pretty tight. This new "fixie" (sic) is the bicycle equivalent of buying a hat with a pre-frayed bill, a baseball team wearing throwback jerseys, or jeans will holes already worn in; it's just not the same as the real thing. I think they did a decent job with the chromed ss/cs and threaded fork - execution was alright, but i'd rather support a company that still believes in steel for its inherent qualities, not just its current curb appeal. I want you to love me for my brains, body, and personality. Did I mention the dropouts are butt ugly? I wasnt able to find/ didnt look to see what tubeset it was built with but now i'm curious so if anyone knows, share?