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    Favorite house-brand components?

    Who is everyone's favorite house-brand components? I like Specialized..always thought there stuff was really nice.
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    Some of the stuff on my old Merida was quite good, in particular they made a very nice seatpost qr that is one of the best I've ever used. Other than that, most of it (on other bikes I've owned) has been a bit blah to say the least.
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    No flames please, but I like a
    lot of the Bontrager stuff.

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    I have found that because I own a Specialized, I tend to buy/use more of their branded gear. I have been riding their shoes for years and also run their tires. Maybe because I find myself in their shops more? I have seen the same from friends as well. One buddy of mine buys Bontrager everything. Probably because he owns several Treks.

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    haven't had any house brand components on my mtb for awhile, but I have noticed that a lot of house brand bits are getting better than they were 10+yrs ago. I have a Bontrager stem on my commuter. I didn't need anything fancy, and it's what my LBS had in stock, so I use it.

    now talking accessories, I do like Speshy BG gloves and Speshy saddles. In a crash this summer, I shredded my old Speshy gloves and the only ones available in my town that I remotely liked were Bontrager and I don't like them as much. I have an older Rival MTB saddle that is quite comfy.

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    I too can vouch for the Specialized stuff. I have a 2012 Pompero II helmet that's really nice. I also like the Enduro XL grips, as well as the S-Works Fast Trak LK 29er tires. I have a few other bits, but those are the stand-out favorites. I don't even have a Specialized bike anymore.

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    Oh yeah, Specialized tires...probably the best house brand component they sell. I haven't used them for awhile so I forgot about them.

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    i think spec is the best, pretty top notch stuff i would put against any other aftermarket brand. bounty is pretty good too.

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    Cannondale Lefty and Hollowgram cranks are IMO the best available.

    Have been impressed with the Spec Tires and Shoes so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Oh yeah, Specialized tires...probably the best house brand component they sell. I haven't used them for awhile so I forgot about them.
    Those Spesh Prowess carbon handlebars are pretty nicely made too...and their Pro-set stems... er... derailleur guard (does anyone else make a derailleur guard?)

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    My first set of clipless pedals were Nashbar brand and lasted forever. I've used Nashbar gloves in the past and they were OK. I currently have a Nashbar carbon fiber seatpost (ascent brand?) on my main bike and I think it's a great value for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    No flames please, but I like a
    lot of the Bontrager stuff.
    No worries...I'm with you on some of the Bontrager stuff. I like their line of tubeless stuff (tires and rims). Granted I wouldn't go out and buy a Bontrager wheelset, but the ones that came on my old Paragon have taken a ton of abuse and have been great to me over the years.

    Specialized saddles and tires are pretty nice as well.
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    I tried a Specialized tire, and it seemed fine, but wasn't my cup of tea. I've used both Specialized (Henge) and Bontrager (Big Earl) saddles. Very different, but both were fine. I'm currently using BG shoes and grips. Like them both. Had KHS saddle and seatpost, broke them both.

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    I usually like the Spesh stuff a lot as well. Only Big S component I have that I'm not thrilled with are the lock-on grips, and only because their rubber doesn't seem as tacky as that used by other grips I've used in the past.
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    ^totally agree on the grips. also they are a little thick for my hands and im not crazy about the single clamp lock ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinning Lizard View Post
    Cannondale Lefty and Hollowgram cranks are IMO the best available.

    Have been impressed with the Spec Tires and Shoes so far.

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    Continental about tires
    Specialized about stems, grips and saddles (and shoes)
    Fox and Marzocchi about forks
    Shimano about pedals

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Oh yeah, Specialized tires...probably the best house brand component they sell. I haven't used them for awhile so I forgot about them.
    Agree 100%.
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    I also really like my:

    Specy saddle
    Specy gloves
    Specy grips
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    I forgot a lot of things:

    Specialized gloves, they are the best
    Giro about helmet
    Camelbak about backpack
    About lights, Cat Eye rear and Petzl headlight myo rxp

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    I have the following Nashbar branded stuff because I got it dirt cheap and it was made by the same companies that produce a lot of name brand stuff.

    1" threaded cartridge bearing headset (made by Tange)
    Ergo Triple Butted Road bars (made by Kalloy)
    Road saddle (made by Velo, Fizik clone)
    Road rear derailluer (Micro-Shift, full forged alloy, works great)

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    No flames please, but I like a
    lot of the Bontrager stuff.
    I do too, I thought they are quite nice.

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    Performance's "Forte" brand ain't bad........I've used a number of their components - CF road forks, CF mtb handlebars & bar ends.......done OK so far.........
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    Agree on the Forte' stuff...pretty decent.
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