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    Top Ten Most overrated and overpriced bike stuff

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    10) I9 Wheels < Anything that doesn't make as much noise as I9 hubs
    9) Chris King Hubs < Hope Pro II, American Classic
    8) Mavic Crossmax Wheels < Handmade wheels
    7) Shimano XTR Crankset < Shimano XT Crankset
    6) Sram XX Group < Single speed, 1x9 or 1x8
    5) Specialized S-Works Bikes < Titus, Ibis, Turner, Yeti, etc...
    4) Crank Brothers Eggbeater 4 Ti < eggbeater SL, Time
    3) Thomson Seatpost < Woodaman
    2) Thomson Stem < Richey 4-Axis
    1) Chris King Headset < Cane Creek
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    Quote Originally Posted by CupOfJava
    10) I9 Wheels
    9) Chris King Hubs
    8) Mavic Crossmax Wheels
    7) Shimano XTR Crankset
    6) Sram XX Group
    5) Specialized S-Works Bikes
    4) Crank Brothers Eggbeater 4 Ti
    3) Thomson Seatpost
    2) Thomson Stem
    1) Chris King Headset
    please list your top 10 best products/prices

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    10. Delta 7 Arantix Frame
    9. Sram XX
    8. Crossmax SLR Wheelset
    7. No Tubes Race 7000 Wheelset
    6. XTR Rear Shadow Derailleur
    5. Race Face Next SL Crankset
    4. DT Swiss RWS Titanium Skewers
    3. DT Swiss XRC 100 Fork
    2. DT Swiss 240 Hubs
    1. Scrub Rotors

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    Are these products you've actually used to determine that they are "overrated"?

    I get overpriced but it seems like claiming something is overrated would require actual experience with a particular product. For instance, it would be hard for me to say a Chris King headset is overrated when I have personally used one for 12 years without ever servicing it on my road bike. But it would be easy to say its overpriced for my mountain bike that I'll probably replace in a couple years.

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    Next 24" Power Climber full-suspension mountain bike. Walmart. $89.00.


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    This thread is useless without saying what your actual experience with the product is.

    I'll start,

    Panaracer greenlite tubes - Not only does performance sell 95g tubes made out of regular, patchable, rubber for only $7.99, but the valves in greenlites are so delicately mounted that you can usually pull them right off a brand new tube with virtually no force. The slightest jarring makes them leak from the valve area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli
    Panaracer greenlite tubes - Not only does performance sell 95g tubes made out of regular, patchable, rubber for only $7.99, but the valves in greenlites are so delicately mounted that you can usually pull them right off a brand new tube with virtually no force. The slightest jarring makes them leak from the valve area.
    huh...i had great luck with those.

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    Bike Helmets

    High-end bike helmets simply do not warrant their price.

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    Here's a few I personally have experience with

    -Specialized Tires...always rated high by the magazines but they always shed knobs for me rather quickly

    -ANY factory pre-built proprietary wheel...overpriced, uses hard to find parts, repairs usually entail sending the entire wheel back to manufacturer. Handbuilt wheels using stock parts can be made as strong and as light for usually less money and often be repaired while you wait.

    -Italian Saddles...I've found that Velo made saddles are just as comfortable, durable, and as light as saddles costing 5-20x more. I currently use the same Velo saddle on my road and on my mountain bike (labeled Nashbar and Sette respectively) that cost me less than $50 for both. A good pair of shorts makes a bigger difference.

    -Titanium spindles, axles, and skewers...1/2 the stiffness of steel, these are not good places to have flex when you really can't increase the "tube" size to compensate. There is a reason Shimano doesn't use it for these three applications.

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    Most overrated.........light stuff

    Most overpriced.........light stuff.

    I love light stuff but I have none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CupOfJava
    10) I9 Wheels
    9) Chris King Hubs
    8) Mavic Crossmax Wheels
    7) Shimano XTR Crankset
    6) Sram XX Group
    5) Specialized S-Works Bikes
    4) Crank Brothers Eggbeater 4 Ti
    3) Thomson Seatpost
    2) Thomson Stem
    1) Chris King Headset
    nah. some of that isnt that expensive and its good equipt (thompson, chris king)

    1. scrub rotors
    2. any number of ss parts like midleburn cranks and boone cogs
    3. tune hubs or any tune part for that matter
    4. king cage
    5. the arantix frame - ugly and expensive
    6. agreed with the specialized s-works stuff
    7.ceramic bearings, especially the xtr with ceramic
    8. shimano yumeya
    9. foes frames
    10. dt swiss forks

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    Chris King headsets? Really? I don't think so.

    I have an inch and an eighth King headset that I bought in 1992 that was originally a threaded headset and I converted a couple years later to threadled when that became the thing. It doesn't even say Chris King on the cups it's so old. In the past 17 years that headset has been on 4 XC hardtails, 3 dual suspension XC bikes, 1 Freeride bike, 2 DH rigs, 3 rigid SS, it now resides on my Slingshot SS that it has been on for the last 4 years but before that it spent 3 summers on my DJ/Lake jump bike (that's right, floating in the water). It has never been serviced and it spins like Butter! When a headset outlives a dozen or so bikes and only cost 50% more that an decent at best headset is it really overpriced and overrated? When you say something is overpriced and overrated it really should be and I can't see a 17 years old, 102g, gorgeous headset that has been used and abused that still works perfectly falling into that category. Can anyone else? What are the original posters qualifications? He can't afford this stuff?
    I got some pretty decent Niners!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattkock
    I have an inch and an eighth King headset that I bought in 1992 that was originally a threaded headset and I converted a couple years later to threadled when that became the thing. It doesn't even say Chris King on the cups it's so old. In the past 17 years that headset has been on 4 XC hardtails, 3 dual suspension XC bikes, 1 Freeride bike, 2 DH rigs, 3 rigid SS, it now resides on my Slingshot SS that it has been on for the last 4 years but before that it spent 3 summers on my DJ/Lake jump bike (that's right, floating in the water). It has never been serviced and it spins like Butter! When a headset outlives a dozen or so bikes and only cost 50% more that an decent at best headset is it really overpriced and overrated? When you say something is overpriced and overrated it really should be and I can't see a 17 years old, 102g, gorgeous headset that has been used and abused that still works perfectly falling into that category. Can anyone else? What are the original posters qualifications? He can't afford this stuff?
    Your story is the extreme exception. For at least 95% of the people who buy them, they never get anywhere close to their money's worth. Once you start really crunching the numbers, it rarely ever comes close to adding up. And it's not 50% more. CK's are ~$130 these days, you can get a very good HS for $40-45. That's 3 times more

    Maybe not over-rated (they are very nice), but a waste of money, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CupOfJava
    10) I9 Wheels
    9) Chris King Hubs
    8) Mavic Crossmax Wheels
    7) Shimano XTR Crankset
    6) Sram XX Group
    5) Specialized S-Works Bikes
    4) Crank Brothers Eggbeater 4 Ti
    3) Thomson Seatpost
    2) Thomson Stem
    1) Chris King Headset
    I disagree with a few items on the list:

    I have CK headsets on 6 of my 7 mountain bikes and both of my road bikes. Most of the headsets have been on a few bikes. I have never had to service any of them and they work as good as new.

    I have CK hubs on 3 bikes, Hadley's on 2 bikes, and I9 hubs on 2 bikes. I love my King hubs, but I think Hadley hubs offer more bang for the buck and similar performance. The I9 are sweet because they can be laced with anodized aluminum spokes in a variety of colors. I think they are definitely worth the money. Compared to a set of Zipp road bike wheels that can run up to $2000, their $800-900 price seems pretty reasonable (in relative terms).

    Thomson stems and seatposts are the strongest and most reliable on the market. Yet they only retail for $80-90.
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    Ergon grips. Absolutely great for people who ride in a single fixed position and never descend steep grades.

    That's actually about it for personal experience. Most of the other $$ mtb stuff I have bought has been very good. Special mentions to Niner frames and AmClassic wheels.

    On the flipside, what about reasonably priced stuff that absolutely rocks?

    - Sette bars and posts
    - XT Hollowtech II cranks
    - X7 rear der
    - Panaracer Rampage
    - WTB saddles
    All problems in mountain biking can be solved by going faster, except the ones that are caused by going too fast.

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    Jones H-bar

    As much as I love my Jones titanium H-bar, I'm not sure they are worth $500+ for handlebars. My ON ONE Fleegles worked almost as good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkheadedbug
    Ergon grips. Absolutely great for people who ride in a single fixed position and never descend steep grades.
    I descend steep grades all the time with my GX-1's

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    Most boutique frames like Independent Fab and Merlin and Ellsworth. You guys are missing the point with some stuff though. I use Thomson posts and stems exclusively. They have outlasted several bikes and the beauty of them is they retain their value. I have sold used thomson parts for $65 dollars on ebay when I only paid 80-90 dollars and used it for a few years. King headsets are the same. I have had one black headset on 4 frames over 8 years. I got one at performance for 89 dollars on special using a coupon, used it for 2 years and sold it for 80 bucks. 9 dollars for 2 years service is pretty good.
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    dw link!

    *floodgates of hell open*

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    overpriced is relative. I would love to have nearly all of the parts on the OPs list, but the fact is that most of them are beyond my budget and I regard them as too far down the road of diminishing returns. Not one of those parts is a 'lemon' in any real sense. To an extent I agree about crossmax wheels, as the cost of repair is high, but they are very light if one is looking for race wheels. I would put most vapourware in this category, eg. AX lightness, schmolke, and so on. BIG money for parts that fall to pieces...

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    Hmm, some of the above listed are my favourite parts.

    Ergon grips, removed wrist pain, made my ride mro fun and reduce chance of long term injury.

    Chris King Hub 150x12, only fast engaging 150x12 out there and STRONG.
    blown 2/3 nukeproofs in months with a fraction fo the grief i give the CK.
    Steep and 140 but worth it.

    CK headset - set and forget, for the 0 I paid for it great value.

    S-Works bikes, only got the experience of the old HT, but stiff light, strong and silly fast - sorry the issue is?

    High end helmets, OK they are overpriced, but the ventilation is worth the expense if you don't like a melted brain.


    The parts that have caused me the most grief.

    Niner RIP9 '07 - new stuff is great, but you would not believe the grief that bike caused.
    White brothers forks - why their seals can't hack uk cnditions is beyond me.
    Nukeproof - overpriced flimsy shite.
    Nukeproof - just stressing the hatred of the customer service as well as the products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmoto
    dw link!

    *floodgates of hell open*
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    Thomson stuff is bomb proof. I've had the same seat post running completely problem free and unbroken for seven or eight years. The anodizing is going from being clamped in the repair stand, but aside from that it's killer.

    Also, if you had ever seen the testing they put their stuff through to get to catastrophic failure and then seen the common competitors relative lack of time in the same rig, I think you'd be impressed.
    "Bikes aren't fast--people are fast. Bikes are overpriced. It's an important distinction."---BikeSnob NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmoto
    dw link!

    *floodgates of hell open*
    Agreed. It's no different, really, than any other system. Chumba can do the same thing with their bikes.

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    This is a great thread to really get people pissed off and defensive about what they dropped a lot of $$ on.

    I think there is a difference between asking if something is overpriced for what it is, as opposed to if it is worth the money. CK headsets and thomson seat posts, for example. They are clearly of a quality that you don't get for a cheaper price. In that sense, they are not overpriced. Are they WORTH that extra cost for the extra quality? That's where I think they come up short.

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