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    What happened to Performance Bike?

    When I was riding heavily in the 90s, Performance was one of my favorite shops. Great selection of parts and clothes. I could spend hours shopping there and always found what I wanted.

    Today, it's a joke. I bought one of my kids' bikes there and, as such, have a $65 store credit from that Team Performance thing. cool! It expires in a month so I'd better spend it. As luck would have it, I'm building up a new singlespeed and need parts! I'm swapping a lot of parts from my older singlespeed but there are quite a lot of things I still need. Let's go shopping!

    Let's see...WTB Volt saddle! Good choice --no, Performance doesn't sell it.

    Oh, well I need wheels. Maybe I'll put it to an affordable set of 650b XC wheels. Uh...nope. Enduro or nothing.

    OK, fine. A nice Easton carbon handlebar isn't a necessity but I'd love to put one on the SS. They don't sell Easton and their store-brand are all $150??

    Geesh...running out of components.

    OK, how about a singlespeed chain? Nope.

    New Jagwire cables for my BB7 brakes? Nope.

    Tubeless ready tires? One in stock and it's the least durable tire I've seen.

    Fine. I'll buy another bottle of Stan's fluid and stock up on Clif bars.

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    Yup! They cater more to entry level cyclists these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Yup! They cater more to entry level cyclists these days.
    Yep. My local one has ONE tubeless ready tire option and their best mtb's have an X5/X7 drivetrain mix.

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    I cant speak for the history of PerformanceBike.. since there wasnt one in my area until about 1 year ago. In my area.. PB stocks more performance parts (tires, helmets, nutritionals, Park Tools, Lubes, etc) than any bike shop ive seen within 100 miles.. Granted, its nothing like other online retailers such as Universalcycles (who is also a LBS in certain other areas).
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    Re: What happened to Performance Bike?

    I bought a rigid SS bike there fathers day weekend. They bumped the credit to 30% so I had $180 to spend. Had a similar experience as the O.P. I got a bottle of Stans, some valve stems, a chain, some fatter grips, brake pads, etc. Couldn't find anything good to spend it on!
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    Its the Walmart of bike shops.
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    Re: What happened to Performance Bike?

    Steady downward slope since the late 90s...even in the early 2000s they were still somewhat respectanle, but after they killed Supergo the decline accelerated.

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    I've found good deals on bike shorts, jerseys, and gloves there.

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    I like to use them for stuff. They always have sales there. I get stuff like power bars, I have picked up a WTB saddle and a WTB tire both on sale. I got their Spin Doctor Pro work stand on sale too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbuncle View Post
    Steady downward slope since the late 90s...even in the early 2000s they were still somewhat respectanle, but after they killed Supergo the decline accelerated.
    I was gonna mention Supergo. I was bummed when Performance bought them...ruined a great store!

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    What pisses me off about Performance is getting asked every fifteen seconds if I need help and being followed around the store by a sales person until I pick something up only have them make a comment or try to sell me their house brand instead.

    I have found some decent deals in their 50% off bin.

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    What happened to Performance Bike?

    The last time I was in a Performance was probably 1992. It's interesting to hear how much they've changed. When I was in high school, it was the only option in the region for high end bikes, parts, and clothes. None of the local shops had anything you'd want to look at- just typical strip mall low-end suburban stuff. But the Performance in Fairfax had bikes you'd ogle, like a neon pink Klein.
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    Their sales as most big shops has gone the way of internet sales as most bike stores they can't afford to stock a lot of stuff as they used to. Huge overhead. I tend to support the smaller bike shops in my area like The Path. If the don't have it they can get it pretty fast and I still get a better deal. Built a good relationship with them.

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    I don't have a problem with Performance. I go there all the time.

    I admit they don't have the same amount or mix of choices that they had back in the catalog days. When it arrived in the mail, I'd flip through it for hours.

    I recall from their first few stores in the area that a lot of the expensive rims, hubs, and other parts had to be ordered anyway. I remember having to order Superbe Pro hubs and Mavic rims.

    But I've gone there recently and picked up spokes, a bunch of aluminum nipples, derailleur shims, and other stuff from their service desk, so they do have some maintenance parts.

    I'm not sure if there are very many bike shops out there today with an great selection on hand, but they can order it for you. It may be that Performance no longer offers that service and is limiting their sales to specific items they sell. That may be the biggest change over the years.

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    Re: What happened to Performance Bike?

    Their mtb bike and parts stock sucks but I get a lot of my nutrition there since they have a sale every two weeks. I also get clothes there from time to time, they have a good selection. Also when you need a quick fix for something you don't have the tool for, like a headset cup or something, they will usually do it while you wait.

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    I go to performance all the time. I get clothes there and a few parts. They have a solid selection there. I get tires on line and most hard parts on line too. I don't like buying clothing on line as I like to feel the material.

    They did have better parts and bike selection when they were Supergo.
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    Many years ago I bought stuff from them occasionally but at this point they're pretty much last-resort. Many times I've gone in to buy something that was advertised--they didn't even have stock. Seems pretty underhanded to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    They did have better parts and bike selection when they were Supergo.
    Performance was never Supergo. They bought Supergo. Which was a very bad thing.
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    I used to like supergo. Or better yet, Speedgoat. I started shopping at performance in the early 2000's and have noticed their catalog choices get progressively cheaper as time went on. It used to be that Nashbar was the cheap stuff and Performance was the better stuff, at least. Now, I can't tell a difference between the two.

    Now I tend to shop at Jensen or Universal Cycles when I buy online. I have shopped Bicycle Outfitters Indy in the recent past, but I now work for one of their local competitors so not so much.

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    SuperGo catalogs were like christmas for me, always great deals. I believe Performance also bought Nashbar which I have had a bad experience with. They had a killer deal on Mavic Crosstrails, so I ordered them. They mailed me a pair of cross rides. I called them and they thought I was lying. I had to mail them back to be examined before they would send me what I already paid for. Would never shop their again unless desperate for a part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane5001 View Post
    SuperGo catalogs were like christmas for me, always great deals. I believe Performance also bought Nashbar which I have had a bad experience with. They had a killer deal on Mavic Crosstrails, so I ordered them. They mailed me a pair of cross rides. I called them and they thought I was lying. I had to mail them back to be examined before they would send me what I already paid for. Would never shop their again unless desperate for a part.
    They did. Shortly after the buyout, there was distinction between the two. Not anymore. I think that spells the end for Nashbar at some point in the future.

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    Performance sucks period.
    SuperGo was awesome and as already stated when Performance bought out SuperGo they were very similar. As each year passed they progressively became more of a family bike store and not for serious cyclists.
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    I bought my first 'real' mountain bike there as well as my first bike helmet there two years ago. I still go there for tubes, tires, and other maintenance stuff. They don't carry everything (even online) nor are they high end, but I think they do an excellent job of introducing new people to the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbuncle View Post
    Steady downward slope since the late 90s...even in the early 2000s they were still somewhat respectanle, but after they killed Supergo the decline accelerated.
    Agree! man, it seemed like their goal was to destroy SuperGo and themselves. man, I loved SuperGo, at least when it was good.

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    When you guys say "store credit" is it limited to the brick and mortar or can it be used online?

    And for all the other posts recalling Performance catalogue, I remember it well and it was "high end" back in the day. I don't know what Performance does via internet sales, but it just seems to me that they missed the opportunity. But who knows, maybe their online stuff is doing great?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zomby Woof (MCM700) View Post
    I like to use them for stuff. They always have sales there..
    definitely, when i needed an xt der i call them up and they have it at internet prices unlike the rest of the stores around here although i notice that sometimes at the cash register you have to ask for the their internet price

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    I don't buy into rewards programs like Performance's. I get asked every single time I am in there and every time I tell them no and every time I do I get asked why and have to explain myself. I just don't see the value in it. $30 bucks a year means I have to spend $300 to break even. I don't even come close at their stores.

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    I always wondered what happened to the huge Supergo ads in MBA. Now I know. :/
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    There's one close by, so if I need something I'll frequently check with them to see if they have it. If not, I'll check the LBS or internet. I've gotten great deals on helmets, shorts, and a set of XT brakes...hard to complain about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bokchoicowboy View Post
    Performance was never Supergo. They bought Supergo. Which was a very bad thing.
    True, but the Supergo that I used to go to is now a performance bike. Close enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    True, but the Supergo that I used to go to is now a performance bike. Close enough for me.
    The one in Fountain Valley? If the same I know it. That building was originally built and used by Two Wheel Transit Authority (I worked for them), then when the owner of that shop defaulted on taxes to the Feds it was picked up by Supergo. Performance took over when they bought Supergo.
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    Went in there to buy some SPD shoes the other day, picked out a pair on sale and my wife paid cash and we started to walk out when she realized the guy didn't give her the change.

    Guy apologized and gave her the change but after we got outside my wife said "remember a few months ago when you asked me to pick up that (expensive) pump, well they 'forgot' to give me my change then too". I asked if she was sure and she said heck yeah I'm sure.

    When I was buying the shoes the guy asked for my address and stuff "so it's easier if you have to return something" so I called bull but gave him my address anyway. I decided I'm going to return these shoes anyway after closer examination, I can't wait to see how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bokchoicowboy View Post
    The one in Fountain Valley? If the same I know it. That building was originally built and used by Two Wheel Transit Authority (I worked for them), then when the owner of that shop defaulted on taxes to the Feds it was picked up by Supergo. Performance took over when they bought Supergo.
    No I am in Phoenix. The supergo I went to was in chandler.
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    I've never seen a chain bike store here in long Island, but an Rei opened up about 25 miles away. Their employees know nothing and their selection was junk. Then the girl tried to get me to pay for a membership to some club. I told her I pass 15 lbs' on the way there and she said that if enough people near where I live sign up, they could open a store one day.

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    Answering phones for the Performance catalog was my first job out of college. They were big into sales contests, like the drone who sells the most goretex this month gets some gloves. Staring at the catalog 8 hours a day is actually what first got me into riding.

    Anyway, I'm no MBA, but I suspect their basic business model (undercut the LBS with asian-made house-brand product) started looking a lot less clever when internet retail took off. Slow death-spiral since.

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    Re: What happened to Performance Bike?

    You'd be hard pressed to name any clever brick n mortar business model since the Internet took off. At least performance has an online presence. LBS has it hardest.

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    I like our local Performance for consumables (tires, tubes, Stans, lube, brake shoes, chains, cables, housing, etc) and for nutrition and helmets. They always have a sale going on. I have picked up tons of stuff on their closeouts (50% off lowest marked price). Most recent was a couple of pairs Gore-Tex Windstopper gloves, a couple of jerseys and some shorts and a 26" Nevegal tire for next to nothing. If they have a component (derailleur, brake, etc) in stock at the brick and mortar store, they will price match their internet price on it. Some of their house brand tires are pretty decent for the price when they are on sale. Since I drop my glasses and beat them up a lot, I buy the cheap Performance brand glasses instead of the expensive stuff I used to buy.

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    I worked there briefly a few years ago and didn't like that particular store at all. I get the impression that some stores are better than others. the one where I worked was extremely high-volume. it had a great selection of bikes and parts, mostly entry- and mid-level stuff.

    my main concern was that it was always under-staffed. by that I mean that I never got enough hours, many of the part-timers had no idea what they were doing, and customers were left wandering around the store with no one to help them most of the time. I was supposed to focus on service but I was often pulled away from my work by customers who wandered into the shop area asking for help because all four of the sales people were busy with the 30 customers in the store. the service department had an archaic paper system for writing up repairs and repairs were backed up FOUR WEEKS or longer, in early spring. I can't imagine what it's like in summer. the focus on labor was always on speed and not on quality. if I was given more hours or we had two more mechanics on staff, we could have kept up with demand.

    again, I think every store is different. if the manager is good, perhaps they have a better budget to provide the needed staffing to make the store run better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    I don't buy into rewards programs like Performance's. I get asked every single time I am in there and every time I tell them no and every time I do I get asked why and have to explain myself. I just don't see the value in it. $30 bucks a year means I have to spend $300 to break even. I don't even come close at their stores.
    In my case I was buying a $600 bike and the credit was 30% for the holiday, so it made sense to purchase the rewards card.


    When you guys say "store credit" is it limited to the brick and mortar or can it be used online?
    Yes, you can use it online online.
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    ^ Yep, makes sense for larger purchases for sure.

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    The only thing I buy from Performance anymore is Shimano components when they have a decent sale. One thing I will say about the Tustin Ca store is that I can almost always count on them to be able to turn around a quick walk in repair like having a bottom bracket shell chased without me having to leave the bike. I went in there awhile back though and was dumbfounded when one of the techs who seemed pretty sharp looked at my Fox shock I brought in to have the DU bushings removed, and told me they weren't replaceable. Hmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    I decided I'm going to return these shoes anyway after closer examination, I can't wait to see how it goes.
    I doubt you'll have much of an issue returning them. Performance does have a good return policy.

    I go there occasionally for small items. They also have really good deals on their brand of clothing, so I generally buy my jerseys off their clearance rack. Other than that, good mechanics seem to be hit or miss and sales people in general are less than knowledgeable. This may not be the case for all, since I'm in a college town, but Performance headquarters is just down the road. If I was going to recommend a shop in Chapel Hill, it wouldn't be Performance.

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    Great place. Best in Socal IMO. Tustin shop and Laguna Hills have great mechanics. Best return policy in the biz. Great deals and price match Jensons. Could get better bike selection I reckon be nice if they got more brands rather than Fuji, GT, Diamondback and forgot the others. REI lost my business when they got rid of their lifetime return policy. LBS fuggedaboutit, I get way too much buyers remorse to deal with them. Mail order is a pain in the arse to return anything too big plus backcountry/competitivecyclist/chainlove got rid of their lifetime satisfaction guarantee the same time REI did. Shipping huge things like bikes and racks back is too much of a bother. Got a defective Kuat, oops I mean Krap bike rack. Whatever shill on here gave this a five-star review is a scumbag. Haven't been able to find a box it fits in yet. From now on it's performance or go f#@! your mother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by launchpad mcquack View Post
    Great place. Best in Socal IMO. Tustin shop and Laguna Hills have great mechanics. Best return policy in the biz. Great deals and price match Jensons. Could get better bike selection I reckon be nice if they got more brands rather than Fuji, GT, Diamondback and forgot the others. REI lost my business when they got rid of their lifetime return policy. LBS fuggedaboutit, I get way too much buyers remorse to deal with them. Mail order is a pain in the arse to return anything too big plus backcountry/competitivecyclist/chainlove got rid of their lifetime satisfaction guarantee the same time REI did. Shipping huge things like bikes and racks back is too much of a bother. Got a defective Kuat, oops I mean Krap bike rack. Whatever shill on here gave this a five-star review is a scumbag. Haven't been able to find a box it fits in yet. From now on it's performance or go f#@! your mother.
    And which Performance do you work at.



    They suck! Unless you're into family commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by launchpad mcquack View Post
    Great place. Best in Socal IMO. Tustin shop and Laguna Hills have great mechanics. Best return policy in the biz. Great deals and price match Jensons. Could get better bike selection I reckon be nice if they got more brands rather than Fuji, GT, Diamondback and forgot the others. REI lost my business when they got rid of their lifetime return policy. LBS fuggedaboutit, I get way too much buyers remorse to deal with them. Mail order is a pain in the arse to return anything too big plus backcountry/competitivecyclist/chainlove got rid of their lifetime satisfaction guarantee the same time REI did. Shipping huge things like bikes and racks back is too much of a bother. Got a defective Kuat, oops I mean Krap bike rack. Whatever shill on here gave this a five-star review is a scumbag. Haven't been able to find a box it fits in yet. From now on it's performance or go f#@! your mother.
    do you buy or rent and return stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And which Performance do you work at.



    They suck! Unless you're into family commuting.
    Sure their bikes aren't as nice as Intense but you're being disingenuous by saying they "suck". GT makes some decent bikes. Force won some big downhill race recently. Their designers rely on feedback from their pro-riders in designing their bikes. But you know all this. And it's beside the point. I was referring to their policies, prices and selection (components and stuff, not bikes). And I've gotten alot of work done on my bike there and had no issues with their work. Guys there seem to know their stuff. Guess it would vary by store though. This ain't rocket science though. Just a damn bicycle. Not that hard if you got the equipment and some experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    do you buy or rent and return stuff?
    Look I didn't write their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or their return policy. I'm on the verge of taking back a xc bike I bought at REI as I ride more dh these days. The bike was bought under certain conditions, one of which being that per their policy (before they changed it), if I am unsatisfied with the bike for any reason, I can return it. I feel no more moral qualms about doing this as I do about taking a tax deduction (which I'm sure REI will take from my return). My dh bike was bought without such a policy and without such an expectation and I wouldn't attempt to take it back to Jensons because I was unsatisfied with it as there was no agreement between us that I could when I bought the bike from them. Are we clear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by launchpad mcquack View Post
    Look I didn't write their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or their return policy. I'm on the verge of taking back a xc bike I bought at REI as I ride more dh these days. The bike was bought under certain conditions, one of which being that per their policy (before they changed it), if I am unsatisfied with the bike for any reason, I can return it. I feel no more moral qualms about doing this as I do about taking a tax deduction (which I'm sure REI will take from my return). My dh bike was bought without such a policy and without such an expectation and I wouldn't attempt to take it back to Jensons because I was unsatisfied with it as there was no agreement between us that I could when I bought the bike from them. Are we clear?
    REI's return policy is still 1yr no questions and lifetime if the product fails due to defect. If you can't figure out if you like a product in a years time, there's something wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    REI's return policy is still 1yr no questions and lifetime if the product fails due to defect. If you can't figure out if you like a product in a years time, there's something wrong.
    Ah you are correct. Used to be lifetime no questions though and I bought bike under that agreement (haven't ridden this bike in like a year and it's like 2 years old). I don't like their selection enough and don't want to pay full retail for that policy so wouldn't buy there again (unless selection changed of course). Camping equipment I'll still pick up there and probably will get my next rack there too though. But only reason I got this bike was because of guarantee. I don't blame them for changing their policy though aren't they supposedly passing themselves off as a nonprofit coop or something like that . My apologies if I don't understand their business model. They just trying to make a boatload of money like everyone else or are they a cooperative for the benefit of their members?

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    Quote Originally Posted by launchpad mcquack View Post
    Ah you are correct. Used to be lifetime no questions though and I bought bike under that agreement (haven't ridden this bike in like a year and it's like 2 years old). I don't like their selection enough and don't want to pay full retail for that policy so wouldn't buy there again (unless selection changed of course). Camping equipment I'll still pick up there and probably will get my next rack there too though. But only reason I got this bike was because of guarantee. I don't blame them for changing their policy though aren't they supposedly passing themselves off as a nonprofit coop or something like that and I hear they overpay their employees. My apologies if I don't understand their business model. They just trying to make a boatload of money like everyone else or are they a cooperative for the benefit of their members?
    Ok, well it's been about a year and a half since they changed their policy. You still had a year to return said bike for a full refund...but you didn't. Not their problem. Yes, they are a coop. No, not non-profit. REI is most definitely in business to make money. That dividend you get every March is the coop returning said profits to it's members. Overpay their employees? NO!

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