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Beware of Performance Forte road wheelset.(9 posts)

Beware of Performance Forte road wheelset.SDR
Aug 3, 2001 12:23 PM
I purchased these wheels because they were ligther than what I had, and inexpensive. You get what you pay for. I can't keep the rear wheel true, and have broken two spokes. The front hub is constantly loose, therefore causing wheel wobble. The customer service has been great, and I like performance, but these wheels are not worth the trouble.
Beware of ANYTHING with Performance's Name On It.grzy mnky
Aug 3, 2001 12:54 PM
Caveat Emptor.

Face it, Performance buys medium to low end stuff and puts their name on it to make a buck. They don't really expect you to demand very much from anything they sell. It's Sears of the bike world without the Craftsman hand tools aspect.

I do visit Performance shops from time to time, and they serve a purpose, but it's a matter of convenience only and I know exactly what I want.
re: Beware of ANYTHING with Performance's Name On tornado head
Aug 4, 2001 5:34 PM
Well, yeah but... jut find out who's stuff they bought to put thier name on. For example, thier Forte road tires are indeed Panaracer, and the tread pattern and sidewall (the yellow stripe) seem to indicate they were from the Catagory Pro/Elite line. So they're not bad... in fact, I like 'em better than Conti 2000 and a few others, and at a better price.

As for the other products they carry, it's just some (not all) good prices on the same merchandise available every where else.
Well....grzy mnky
Aug 4, 2001 9:10 PM
Their Forte wheelset is made from *someone's* components, but it doesn't mean that they did a good job. When you're selling stuff as a vendor for someone else to put their name on it all you really car about is getting paid and making a profit. Someone made tires for Specialized and they suck. Recentloy bought a set of cone wrenches from Performance that are actually made by Park - good tools, less money.

The point of my message remains the same - beware of anything with the Perfomance name on it - some is good, but much of it sucks. the Performance folks will readily admitt that they are targeting a very specific segment of the market, and it ain't high end.
Good pointmr tornado head
Aug 5, 2001 9:25 AM
And thanks for the info on the cone wrenches!
re: Send em back....Rusty Coggs
Aug 3, 2001 1:04 PM
Performance is one of the better outfits when it comes to refunding money on stuff that doesn't measure up or that people just decided they did not want. They are the wal-mart of returned merchandise.There are 3 performance stores here locally and it's amazing to see the returned stuff that ends up on the 'flush' (clearance) tables that has been returned.But,even at 75% off, I still avoid the performance brand.
Performance Has Its Place...jtolleson
Aug 3, 2001 1:44 PM
Yep, I agree with the above when it comes to bikes or components. But man, I love to get accessories there, esp. during a sale. 2-for-1 tubes stocks me up for the season. Also 1/2 price socks, rain jackets, power gels. That kinda stuff. And if they've got your helmet or shoes (selection is only so-so) their sale prices can be FABULOUS.
Aug 3, 2001 1:50 PM
It's where I buy stuff like Cytomax, Clif bars, socks, tubes, tires...always something on sale. I also like the Elite Bib shorts (though their others suck). Plus if you're a team performance member you get coupons for $10 for every $100 you spend.
Yuppergrzy mnky
Aug 3, 2001 2:02 PM
Currently you can get an XTR crankset for $200 on sale. It's their brand name stuff that will get you.