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Would you NOT recommend your bike?

Old 03-07-20, 08:21 AM
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Would you NOT recommend your bike?

It seems like every day there is a question from someone asking advice about a certain make and model of bike they are looking to purchase and wondering if it is a good bike. I don't think I've ever seen someone say "Nope, I've had that bike and hated it. Stay away." Most of the replies seem to be from people who love their bikes (including me) and want to share the reason why. Does anyone not like their bike? If so, why?
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Old 03-07-20, 09:42 AM
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Nope. Everyone loves their bike. If they spend enough.
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Old 03-07-20, 12:22 PM
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I like my bike, but it's an 06 LeMond road bike, aluminum frame. I would recommend it, if it was still made, would mention it is a little more of a "stretched out" position. It has been, and still is, a bike I could recommend. But It's a moot point. Don't know a thing about the new LeMonds.
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Old 03-07-20, 01:51 PM
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The Cannondale Quick I own as a commuter/utility/casual-ride bike is fine, but it's the "CX" model with front suspension. I leave it locked out all the time. I wouldn't have bought it new, with suspension. But the price was right when I bought it used.

So while I really do like the bike for the applications to which I put it, I would have preferred the non-suspended model had one been available used when I was in the market.

This is my general feeling overall; Most people who buy hybrids would be better off with a non-suspension version; lighter, more aerodynamic, fewer moving parts, often easier to mount fenders to if needed, and a little more energy-transfer efficient. So I still recommend this bike but given the choice would suggest the non-suspension model.
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Old 03-07-20, 02:07 PM
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I wouldn't recommend mine if you were going to do most of your riding on bad gravel, or all uphill.
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Old 03-07-20, 03:18 PM
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For the most part, bikes are pretty competent... if you buy the appropriate bike for your wants/needs and budget.
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Old 03-07-20, 03:57 PM
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I donít understand why someone wouldnít recommend their bike. For the most part components are the same across the board, so the only real difference in the frame. And if you bought your size frame it should fit and work fine. I have seen people for instance not recommend their aero bike if someone is looking for a endurance bike....so I guess that counts.
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Old 03-07-20, 04:07 PM
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Ok Iíll pitch in. I own an Allez Sprint and I wouldnít recommend it... unless you are a SERIOUS crit racer doing 10+ races a season and cannot afford to crash a carbon bike.

The Allez Sprint has almost 0 compliance. It beats me to a pulp within 50-60 miles. The slower you go, the more it hurts.

I think there are probably more comfortable alloy alternatives, like the caad13. I canít say for sure that the allez sprint has any real advantages over the caad in a race besides aesthetics and street cred.
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Old 03-07-20, 04:22 PM
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Old 03-07-20, 04:30 PM
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If you recommend YOUR bike... I have a pair of bolt cutters. Where do you park it, and I'll go get it?
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Old 03-07-20, 04:51 PM
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There are aspects that I do like, and don't like about all of my bikes, and things that I might do the same if I was to replace it, and things I might do differently.

One thing that @Seattle Forrest alluded to. We get quite a few people that hop onto Bike Forums and ask "What Bicycle Should I buy".

One should follow up with a question of what kind of riding the person does or wishes to do. And, of course some details about the person.

One person might choose a cargo bike, while another chooses a racing bike. One person might be fine with 20 spoke wheels, and the next might do better with 36 spoke wheels.

Does a half century old bike fit your riding needs? Or perhaps a carbon wonder-bike?

I've experimented with higher gearing than some riders. But, that doesn't necessarily fit for all.

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Old 03-07-20, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by smashndash View Post
Ok Iíll pitch in. I own an Allez Sprint and I wouldnít recommend it... unless you are a SERIOUS crit racer doing 10+ races a season and cannot afford to crash a carbon bike.

The Allez Sprint has almost 0 compliance. It beats me to a pulp within 50-60 miles. The slower you go, the more it hurts.

I think there are probably more comfortable alloy alternatives, like the caad13. I canít say for sure that the allez sprint has any real advantages over the caad in a race besides aesthetics and street cred.
I'd think this reply fits the OP's original intent v. well.

smashndash:
Q1: What's the largest tire size you've run? Was that on modern, wider internal-width rims?
Q2: What's the largest tire size the Sprint can fit practically?
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Old 03-07-20, 09:10 PM
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I just didn't buy or quickly got rid of the bikes I didn't like and I'm happy to say good things about what I did.
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Old 03-08-20, 02:15 AM
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Nope. Everyone loves their bike. If they spend enough.
Bought in 2002 for $100.00 at Target my 7spd, Magna Hybrid has 10,000+ minimally maintained miles.
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Old 03-08-20, 05:40 AM
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I’ll bite. My Cipollini RB800 beat the crap out of me after only 35 to 40 miles. It is one of the prettiest frames I have ridden and handled impeccably. But, it vibrated the heck out of me on the same wheels, tires and inflation pressures I used on my other bikes. The only worse road frame I have owned was a first generation Specialized E5 aluminum frame. I only rode that frame 3 times before I sold it.
Now, I alternate between my Alchemy Helios and HIA Velo Founder frames and I am a very happy cyclist indeed.
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Old 03-08-20, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by chainwhip View Post
Q1: What's the largest tire size you've run? Was that on modern, wider internal-width rims?
Q2: What's the largest tire size the Sprint can fit practically?
Q1. I have an internal width of 18mm and outter width of 23mm.

Q2. Iíve run Panaracer 28ís and GP5000 28ís depending on the season. They fit fine, no problems.

I donít race that many Crits. My fit is dialed in great, Iíve got carbon bars and run the tires below 100psi and the ride is quite comfortable. More comfortable than my Triban RC520 with Gatorskins. No problem on long rides.

Fit and tires (plus pressure)make a world of difference.
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Old 03-08-20, 12:11 PM
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Ehh I probably should have gotten the Checkpoint AL3 but the discount on the end of year Topstone Sora was too attractive as someone who wasn't sure how serious they would be riding, The checkpoint has a more complete Sora groupset, I didn't realize I was getting a Sq taper crank just got awestruck by a deal. but oh well riding this till the wheels fall off.
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Old 03-08-20, 12:45 PM
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No. My latest bike is a custom lugged stainless steel frame and fork married with modern components so the bike weighs 17.1lbs. It was an expensive and time consuming project. It resulted in a beautiful bike with great ride characteristics. But I’m not sure I would ever recommend this route to anyone except the most fanatical custom bike devotees.
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I don't recommend getting a '98 Diamondback Interval. The geometry is such that there's almost no wheel flop, and as a result the front end is super twitchy. As soon as you take pressure off the front end the bars will try to swerve left or right. I actually crashed at a stop sign because when I tried to wave a car on the bike just slid out from under me. I've ridden fast-w handling race bikes like the Tipo Corsa and the Tarmac but this was too much.
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Old 03-08-20, 06:36 PM
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I would not recommend any of my 4 bikes. I love each of them but I have no idea if they would work for anyone else. All I can offer is my experience.
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Old 03-09-20, 06:30 AM
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Yes for the road bike. I don't want anyone to have the exact same bike as I do. One of the reasons I bought it.

No for the touring bike. It gets the job done.
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Old 03-09-20, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by chainwhip View Post
I'd think this reply fits the OP's original intent v. well.

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Q1: What's the largest tire size you've run? Was that on modern, wider internal-width rims?
Q2: What's the largest tire size the Sprint can fit practically?
Originally Posted by aplcr0331 View Post
Q1. I have an internal width of 18mm and outter width of 23mm.

Q2. Iíve run Panaracer 28ís and GP5000 28ís depending on the season. They fit fine, no problems.

I donít race that many Crits. My fit is dialed in great, Iíve got carbon bars and run the tires below 100psi and the ride is quite comfortable. More comfortable than my Triban RC520 with Gatorskins. No problem on long rides.

Fit and tires (plus pressure)make a world of difference.
I have 25c Vittoria Corsa TLRs stretched out to 30mm on my 23i rims. I run them at 50-55psi. With rim brakes, I think the biggest tire I can run is probably a measured 32... but then Iím damn near shaving paint off the fork. Might go for a measured 32 rear soon.

Not saying my setup is the most comfortable out there. Iíd go for a 19-20i low profile alloy rim with a 28mm tire if I wanted max compliance from the wheel/tire. But choosing your wheelset based on compliance for road is absurd on its face. The frame should have enough compliance to completely overwhelm any differences in rim compliance.

Hereís where things get crazy about recommendations - peopleís perceptions are different. So even if I say ďthis bike is too harsh. Iíd only get it for racingĒ, someone else might not think so. They might think itís a great bike for endurance gravel racing. Iím also not saying that I cannot do long rides on this. I have done several centuries on it and not died.

Anyway, what weíve learned here is that you canít simply take requirements into account when making a recommendation. You have to take into account human factors like preferences and perceptions.
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I would not recommend a Domane for a person with a long torso, or people with average proportions, that want the handlebars much lower than the saddle.

It does work well for people with a short torso, and long legs.
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I wouldn't recommend my road bike for anyone that doesn't/can't be hunkered down into a somewhat-aero position. My hoods are lower than most people's drops and my 130mm stem stretches the rider out a bit. Not quite as aggressive as my old MadOne, but hey, we all get old.
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I currently own 4 Tarmacs. '07, '09, '11, and '16. Everyone should ride a Tarmac.
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