- Oct 15, 2010
5 years on.
I totally agree with you that these are equipment no one would really ever need. Unless you ride 20k miles a year on your bike.
Sorry bro, I was trying to be funny. I should have added disc brakes on road bikes to the list of stuff that will never take off.
When you hear something that's suppose to be made in carbon fibre, that's a ripoff. Prices here in the Philippines are absurd when it comes to Carbon fibre bikes but when you try it, it's weight is the same as a normal bike.
That's because those are generic bikes they slapped on some fancy sounding name to. With those generic brands if you ever have a warranty issue good luck in getting it resolved, at least with a major brand they have much more control over the quality and you have the support of a major company to go to should there ever be a problem. That is why that website I went to for bikes that are sold in the Philippines had so many brands I've never heard of because they were all generic bikes with decals of made up companies. And because of where you live you have to be really careful of bootleg products, these are products with big expensive names like Colnago that have all the right decals, and the frames look similar but they were made in China and not under license to be made by Colnago or whoever, and sold for cheap to the unsuspecting fool thinking they're getting the real deal.
You got that right Philippines is just beside China and they're flooding our market with their fake products and knockoffs, when it comes to other products like electronic equipment and mobile phones and even shirts and clothing their they have the lowest quality possible so that means these bikes are super over priced but still is low quality.
You're right better buy well known branded products but you still have to really check if it's fake or not.
Road bikes that cost more than $200 when the ones at WalMart will do.
I don't care if someone who wants an expensive bike, what I can't understand is how you can buy a KTM racing motorcycle, not to mention a slew of others, for less money than a lot of road bikes when a motorcycle has a heck of lot more technology in them then any bike would have no matter the Price! And then then consider that most of the speed increases witnessed by racing is due to illegal doping not to all the wiz bang expensive aero stuff a bike will feature. Cycling enthusiast are being gouged by the biking industry, no if ands or buts about it...but we love the sport and got to have what we got to have.
I would recommend cyclists and novices to do some research or even basic googling first, whenever you're buying a bike or a bike part, and always be wary of new brands, always read product reviews. The best thing to do is opt for an old brand that is proven.