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?

5 comments:

Tyler said...

Oh yeah I heard that fixed gears where for hipster kids who couldn't stop down crazy hills approaching a low traffic intersection like Pulaski Pike.(sarcasm intended} Yeah if it had been my first time i would have shit my pants. But good night thanks for the memories see you next week

clintpatty said...

Did Trek pretty much quit using steel except for the 820? Or is it cool since they didn't switch back? I don't think Raleigh ever quit. And I had the route in mind before anyone showed up on that thing when his road bike would have been more appropriate. And I didn't realize it had half ass pedal retention.

clintpatty said...

foot retention whatever

beardsarefun said...

well, "trek" itself has the 820 which is hard to comeby - its a workhorse. But Lemond which Trek owned did the Poprad, Fillmore and Sarthe and now fisher took those over as something else...having a brain fart right this minute. Im just giving them hell - i dont think Trek is holier than thou - i think they make a fine bike but quite frankly, the Fillmore was suspiciously similar to a steamroller. Trek actually handmade their carbon fiber and steel bikes in the US until recently and now just does their OCLV.

as for the route, i was just messing with you. i enjoyed it myself. he was using a loaner bike that none of us really knew about. either way, it would have been challenging being his first time brakeless. he took it in stride and aside from the wreck, probably had a good time. that which doesnt kill you...

clintpatty said...

Oh I just noticed the threaded headset. wtf? Didn't most people quit using those last century when something better was invented. At least I like threadless a lot better and it screws up less.