Bike Brands you Love
Offsetting the negative vibe of the other Brand thread.
Name some brands/bikes you absolutely love. Or like very much.
Me, personally, I love the quirky, against the mainsteam type of bikes. Or those one-man shops. Jones, Surly (maybe this is debateable), Black Mountain. I don't mind mainstream, either. I loved my old Salsa El Mariachi and would to get my hands on a Mukluk. Of course, all those custom builders (Walt, Eriksen, Potts, etc.).
I have always been a big fan of Gary Fisher bikes. I have owned 3 and now currently have a Gary Fisher designed Trek. I know folks think of Trek as the evil empire but they have decent bikes.
Some of those small independent bikes seem pretty cool but I learned a long time ago that I need to ride a bike before I buy it and without LBS support that is virtually impossible.
I really like any brand that I have my leg over but in particular I like Specialized and Fuji
'11 Specialized Crux Pink SS
'15 Trek Farley 6 Fat Bike
'15 Specialized Fatboy
'12 Specialized Crux Skittles
Specialized. Both my bikes are spesh. Fact is, not many companies cater for the tall. Spesh is one that does in both mtb and road.
They are a bit pricey but I try to buy them on discounts so no real loss there.
Trek isn't evil, Specialized is. And yes Trek buys up small companies and turns them to mush, but so did most nations who expanded over time.
Originally Posted by likeaboss
My favorite companies are Trek (I have a Cobia, might buy a Fuel EX 29er, love the Stache), Scott (I think the Genius is Genius), Rocky Mountain (They have a nice lineup this year), Salsa (Bikes like the Spearfish and the Horsethief catch my eye.), Cannondale (Although this year is not their best), Niner (The ROS and EMD are EPIC!), and last but not least, Marin. (Bikes like Rocky Ridge and Mount Vision are interesting.)
I'm all in for Trek, love my Gary fisher designed marlin. If I get half as much good riding out of it as I have my 930 singletrack I will be more than happy!
Surly! They have an uncanny knack for making me buy stuff I never knew I needed.
I do love my Transition Bandit 29 very much too, and Transition seems to be a cool company.
Also, I very much like Rivendell, although I don't own one yet. I'm waiting til I hit my 40's and get all retrogrouchy
'15 Specialized Fatboy
'14 Kona Zone Two
'13 Surly Big Dummy
I like fuji, felt and ibis. Those 3 brands I hv experience with, great one. Luckyly, no issue with warranty so far, so I dont really know their customer service.
I like a LBS first, then I look at the brands they carry.
I've got a great LBS that carries Specialized, so I buy many things from them. I test rode many, many, brands of bikes in the $3000 range before I settled on a Stumpy FSR.
I use another LBS that promotes Felt, and I would imagine I will own a Felt before too long.
Why would I hate a brand because someone on the Interweb does? Makes zero sense to me.
I prefer to use my own mind and judgment when making decisions, but that's just me, yrmv....
"Lighten up Francis" Sgt. Hulka
I grew up in Chicago, I missed the whole local bike shop thing. There just wasn't one around. Not like we could shop there anyway.
But, if someone were to ask. "what is my favorite bike brand?" I would have to say...
My first bicycle costing more then $300 was a motobecane fantom elite. I remember paying $795 for it on special. That was the first bike I ever ridden on singletrack. All others up until that time were just rail trails and city streets.
I owned plenty of other bikes in between then and now. But, that bicycle started my trip into the world of real mountain biking.
Now for the interesting part. I've been doing other things outside of cycling and I'm just starting to come around again. I purchased another bicycle just three weeks ago.
A Motobecane fantom elite. This time is a fatbike.
So, the brand that I started mountain biking with is the same brand I'm starting over with.
DB Overdrive Pro (MTB)
TREK 2.3c (Road)
MASI Custom (Coffee Bike )
Mercier (Gravel Bike)
Sycamore Area Cycling
I've always been a huge fan of Specialized, I've noticed they don't make too many compromises when it comes to quality, and well, they did patent the FSR link!
A close second is Ibis, everything from the Tranny's of yesteryear to the Ripley are just beyond my comprehension of excellence...
Third, I'd say Niner, the scandium they use in the air nine is just awesome, and the ROS frame is something I've had my eye on for a while now... (yes, I know they didn't invent it, but dammit they can market it!)
Disclaimer: When I buy a bike, I buy it for the way it rides, not for the legal jumbo. And above all, I support my shop
2013 Rockhopper 29- The hot rod fun bike
2013 Stumpy HT Comp 29- The racin' machine
Devinci: They build great full suspension bikes and offer lifetime warranty to all owners, not just the first one.
Ibis: They made 29ers fun, the Ripley.
Cannondale: Flexstays and the lefty, need I say more? Granted 2014 is not a good year for them, none of the bikes appeal to me.
Surly for quirky bikes I never knew I liked or needed and bike parts that last!
Salsa for flashy "normal" bikes.
All City for urban & track type rides.
Cannondale for their lefty shock platform.
Moots or Jones Ti 29ers.
2014 Big Dummy
2015 Salsa Beargrease Carbon 1
2015 Ice Cream Truck
Apparently you haven't read up on what Trek.....in cahoots with Lance Armstrong did to Greg LeMond and his bike company. Almost as bad as the ridiculous business practices of Specialized over the years........
Originally Posted by CannondaleF9
That said, on a positive note......... Orbea for me. Beautiful Bikes, Great handling Bikes, Lifetime Frame warranty (carbon and Aluminum) and two re-paints included in warranty. I see no reason to ever buy another brand. For big travel bikes I like Norco. Funky cool vibe to their stuff, and they ride really well.
I have received the best customer service from Banshee and Transition...Banshee is my favourite bike brand....good guys putting out awesome bikes. Component companies...well I love Chris King, Thomson, Race Face and Chromag...all great companies who put out awesome product and stand behind it..love em!
Bike Brands you Love
I'm not wedded to anyone, but I do like the boutique brands, where I can have a conversation with a decision maker. I don't flatter myself that I'm "on the inside" or anything, but it's fun for a geek like me to get a glimpse behind the curtain. Banshee, Canfield, Chromag, twenty6 and Niner have all hit that note to one degree or another.
Originally Posted by mudpuppy
As far as purely retail relationships, I'm a fan of DT Swiss. I expect to buy into the Hadley hype in a month or two. I also have a lot of friends on Knolly, and they seem as good as anyone.
I don't have anything against the majors, but there are a lot of cool people out there trying to make a go of it with some cool products. I'm happy to support that within my ability.
"Back off, man. I'm a scientist." - Dr. Peter Venkman
Riding in Helena? Everything you need to know, right here
Yeah, the majors are putting out great bikes too...but I love emailing Keith at Banshee when I have questions...it's just nice knowing that the guy who designed the bike is telling you what's going on...it's piece of mind.
I am going through hell with a set of wheels I recently purchased and I am really thinking of going DT for hubs...or back to CK, I don't think I can go wrong either way.
Sent from the future to destroy the past.
Business is business and is never really that nice. With that said, what Trek did to Lemond was just wrong.
Originally Posted by ghettocop
On MTBR, the reputation is infamous.
Grew up in a Bridgestone shop and still have the MB-zip that I bought when I was 17 and the X0-2 I bought at age 16. I feel the need to buy a real Rivendell from GP one day, but I really like disc brakes.
Ritchey(still have my 99 Chicane) especially now that they are producing MTB frames with modern geometry.
I've accidentally become a bit of a Salsa fan-boy.... It started with a Vaya, then I added a Fargo(gen2) a year later, and I've got a 2014 Muk 2 on order from East Burke Sports in VT. Hopefully QBP will be moving to US production in the near future --->QBP sketches plans for a Minnesota-made bike | Statewide | Minnesota Public Radio News If this happens, I'll probably spend some more $$ with them.
I like steel.
Great article on QBP. Thanks for sharing.
Originally Posted by tws21975
Transition, Knolly, Chris King
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did." Mark Twain
Kona & Titus. I started off riding a Kona as my first "serious" MTB, and then it was the first full suspension bike I bought. I still have both of them. A few years ago I built up a Motolite when those frames were on clearance. I have had so much fun on that bike.
I've always loved GT- since the BMX PRO! magazine days. I loved my Peace Frame.
I really love Jeff Jones. Nothing better than being able to call the builder up and have a great conversation with him. His steel diamond frame is really a great deal and I couldn't be happier with the Spaceframe he built for me. I seriously have dreams about riding it every night.
Anyone building a steel frame bike at a reasonable price is worth loving.
My Santa Cruz Tallboy Ltc is hands down and by a significant margin the best bike I've ever ridden, and the other Santa Cruz bikes I've demo'd were also outstanding. I haven't been on a 5010 yet, but I expect more of the same. My Tallboy was worth every penny I spent on it.
Of the other brands I've demo'd and/or owned, I thought the Rocky Mountain bikes were really good, and was also impressed by Transition bikes. If I was tight on cash, I'd probably buy a Transition as I thought the bang/buck equation worked out really well for their rides.
My two hardtails: Indy Fab Deluxe and Ted Wojcik
My 29er: S.I.R. 9
I am a huge Yeti fan - since I built up the ASX a few years back. Also love Specialized and Trek - have a 26 Trek and a 29er Specialized. All good bikes.
I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.
Just for clarity, they did not design nor patent FSR. They simply bought the patent rights from the owner. Not that it matters I guess.
Originally Posted by Cenzobear
But to answer the question. Yeti. Not entirely sure why. I think it's because the first time I can remember laying awake at night with visions of riding in my head, unable to sleep for what seemed like hours...I was thinking of the new Yeti I had being built up (this was 2005). When I got the bike it was even better than I could have possibly hoped. Perfect fit, perfect feel, perfect angles..>I just fell in love with the bike and with mtb'ing!
I fell in love with Cannondale with a 2004 Scalpel. The bike was beautiful, fast, and really interesting. Flex Chain Stays, 24 lbs,lefty. I moved on to the 2010 RZ 120, a little more squish, reliable lefty. Unfortunately the company has turned there eye away from service. My LBS wants nothing to do with Cannondale, they like me. The C'Dale is light weight and unable to stay with the demands I am putting on it. Wheels (XCR 1.5 DT Swiss) bend, Bearings die quickly, frame cracked again. So now I drool over Ibis,Turner, Norco, I will have to put a lefty on the next stead. Off to 27.5, Carbon, 25 lb & a Lefty.... El Curlito
Hope. Fantastic c/s whenever I have needed them.
Once broke a spring in my Pro2. I called them to purchase a new set. The guy took my address but not my money. Few days later a full set of springs and pawls showed up. I later realized they sell these at Jenson and other shops for 20 bucks. Hope could have directed me to my lbs or online, but they didn't. They took care of me right then and there.
Another time the axle shaft broke in two pieces. Again, called them and a new axle was sent out pronto!
Called them when I first converted my front to 20mm. The supplied end caps didn't seem to fit properly. They sent me out a bag full of various end caps for me to try.
I really like this company.
Giant is my favorite.
My 2012 Giant Anthem 29er X2 is amazing! It's the perfect bike. The ONE bike to keep. You can see it here on the BCT Trail and in Sedona, Arizona.
Last edited by brownsyeti; 10-18-2013 at 10:52 PM.
I've always had an affinity for Niner, even though I've not so much as ridden one. Ever since the early days. I liked Trek and was on board with them 100% until about 1999. The Sir9 and now the ROS9 are dream frames for me.
And Kona. Nothing can tear my Kona road bike out of my hands. If I could afford a Raijin frame, I'd have one.
I actually really like the brand and support I get from (modern day) Airborne as well. Jeremy and Eric are great to deal with and this bike allowed me to get back into mountain biking at a great cost, leaving me the ability to start with decent components and a capable frame and when I can save enough to get a nice Ti or Steel frame I can just swap parts over and still have an acceptable bike, and then be left with an aluminum frame that is well worth building back up at a second bike.
Salsa and Surly making affordable steel bikes for people who blur the lines between pavement and unpaved, and for making steel mountain bikes that are just as at home on huge epic days as they are bombing down burmed out park trails.
Then the custom builders. Independent Fab? Yes please. K.Bedford? Anytime.
My Raceface bars, Brooks saddles. Selle Anatomica for making affordable leather bar wrap. Who have I missed?
I like Pivot. Also Santa Cruz. Anything but Specialized. I own Spesh, but their customer service is the worst. Very greedy and cocky.
What's kind of strange is that I really like Voodoo: the cool head badge, the groovy font in the logo, the sloping top tubes, the Joe Murray connection, the fact that they were banned by Mountain Bike Action. But... I've had three Voodoos now, and never really cared for the actual bikes that much. I guess that's the power of marketing.
I like Surly for their smartly designed parts. They have a good focus on function and price, not chasing after racing glory or high tech for its own sake.
I also am a Bridgestone fan--too many hours spent poring over their early 90s catalogues in college.
Specialized has a lot of haters, but their bikes have usually worked really well for me, especially their full sus designs.
They act all bad a$$ on their web site, but are awesome to work with. They pick up the phone and answer emails. They send stuff in the mail because you said you own one of their bikes, no receipt. They keep Surly owners happy. They're big enough to make cheap bikes, small enough to still care.
“Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene’.” -H.J. Simson
I have liked frames from all of the companies who's bikes I've ridden...
Santa Cruz (Chameleon, Heckler, Highball)
Ellsworth (Truth, Evolve)
Vicious Cycles (The Motivator)
Ventana (El Commandante)
Big on Chris King, Thomson in the parts department.
Never really liked or owned .... SPecialized, Giant, Trek, Gary Fisher...
Yeti and Niner have managed to leave a deep impression on me. Besides fitting my preferences pretty well as far as fit, trail ride tune, and geo goes, I find their glossy black Air 9 RDO and the glossy black SB95c to be beautiful. I like how Niner openly supports charities like IMBA and how Yeti supports grassroots racing and how they welcome & treat their customers as part of their riding crew.
I like Maxxis tires, Syntace stems, Enve carbon handlebars and rims, Easton for trustworthy build quality for a variety of parts, Giro for gloves that have long enough fingers for my bony hands, Jett and Royal for trail/AM/DH style clothing that look, fit, and feel good, RockShox for their Reverb dropper post, Fox for their rear shocks, Topeak for pumps, Feedback for workstands, 1upUSA for hitch racks, GoPro for action cam, Camelbak for their Podium water bottle, FiveTen for shoes, and JensonUSA for bike shops.
Pretty split on favorites for brakes, hubs, forks, saddles, grips, shifters (I like thumb triggers, SRAM's paddles, and Shimano's multi-release), drivetrains (Shimano XT/XTR chainrings and SRAM XG cassettes impress me), chains, bottom brackets, pedals (I like nylon reinforced platforms, like Deity Compound and NukeProof Electrons), hydration stuff (split between Osprey and Camelbak atm), tools, helmet, armor...
Niner ROS9 SS
Be part of the solution, not the pollution.
I've been riding Turners for 10 years and can't imagine better bikes or customer service. I was riding when Kona first came out and I have had a soft spot for them since I saw my first Joe Murray designed bike.
I got some bad ideas in my head.
American made Schwinn's ... more notably, the Homegrowns built by Yeti
Originally Posted by KiwiJohn
'01 Rocket 88 Stage3
There is nothing particularly special about the brand or their business practices, but I've been thoroughly impressed and surprised by the Scott bike's I've owned.
Each one make me feel like a superhero rider in it's own way. I've had a Scale 29 (best handling XC hardtail for me), Spark 29 (most versatile XC race FS), Genius 29 (Downhill ripper while very capable climber), and Foil (free speed you can feel via aero design).
Their geometry just works for me and they are always lightest in class while being as durable as any bike I've owned in the past.
My 3 favorites (because they are in my garage) are in this order:
*I might add Pivot to that list soon*
I'm a simple man.
Love the way Trek makes their stuff, price is petter then some. Scott has some cool looking bikes.
2 wheels & a meat motor
Shimano, Ibis, Black MOuntain Cycles. From huge to small.
I have three Specialized and one Santa Cruz. They all have their place in my biking quiver. They just ride nice. That's what's important to me...
Here are a few brands who’s products I like…
White Industries - I really like their road products and am very curious about their mtb hubs, I haven’t seen any builds with them yet…
Race Face – Great stuff, pick up the phone when you call
Thomson, Chris King – never let me down, look and perform top notch.
Dumonde Tech lube – the best I have come across so far!
Rock Shox/Sram – absolutely love their stuff!
Santa Cruz –my Bronson rocks!
Some road brands… Campagnolo! Phill Wood, Vittoria tires, Arundel, Deda Elementi, Look, SMP, Bianchi, Merckx actually the list is pretty long so I will leave it at that.
Brands I have never owned but have a positive view of…
Yeti and Pivot
Ibis (even though that HDR was a miss with me) I did test ride the Ripley and it was fantastic if I could afford a second super bike this would be it no questions asked.
X-fusion – cheaper/affordable quality suspension/components are most welcome in this insanely over priced industry.
Surly and Salsa – their fat bikes make up 90% of my bike porn recently.
Giant – I don’t like huge lemming bike corporations but for some reason Giant is the exception.
Dare I say Light Bicycle Chinese Carbon wheels, or anyone who produces a quality affordable carbon wheels. Most importantly anyone who challenges Enve’s insane crack smoking prices and inflated ego. The reviews for their wheels are great so far, if only they had a US presence/distributor…
Oh and how could I forget ... KMC chains!
Originally Posted by Nail Every Trail
Have to throw in as another Turner lover. There are currently 4 in the family and I'm still regretting the one that got away.
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