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Postal's new duds.(14 posts)

Postal's new duds.Elefantino
Feb 27, 2002 9:16 AM
For those of you who haven't seen, here is a good loock at Postal's new team uniforms. I wonder if there is any significance in "Trek" being moved from the front of the jersey to the epaulets? That's where Pearl Izumi's logo was before Postal dumped them for Nike.

Conspiracy theorists, please weigh in.

FWIW,
Mike
I'm no conspiracy theorist...bigdave
Feb 27, 2002 9:40 AM
But I think they may have moved them there for increased visibility. Check out all the rider shots below... what's the thing you see right by their faces? The Trek name. When in the riding position, the name is very visible there.

Now, as for how visible it is when crossing the finish line first with arms in the air...

--Dave
arms in the air doesn't happen much for Postalclimbo
Feb 27, 2002 10:36 AM
compared to arms down in riding position for TV coverage in Europe every race.
I heard that Postal might be switching to Klein later . . .morrison
Feb 27, 2002 11:17 AM
this year. Any truth there? Might explain change in placement . . . ?
I'd be surprised...Wayne
Feb 27, 2002 11:21 AM
Gerolsteiner is already riding Kleins so it's not like they don't have a presence over there. Trek does own Klein so i guess it's a possibility with less of the legal wranglings that went on last year when Mercury dropped Fuji and started riding Lemonds.
That's the same reaction I had, but I was assured . . .morrison
Feb 27, 2002 11:27 AM
by someone at Klein that it was close to coming together.

I just can't imagine Trek letting that happen . . . Postal is the best thing that ever happened to their road bike retail.
Would not surprise me at all if they switched to KleinTDFWatcher
Feb 28, 2002 7:09 AM
They already have more OCLV sales than they can handle much in part thanks to the USPS and Lance. They own Klein and Klein sales have not exactly been great. I would not be at all surprised to see Mother Trek have the posties swith to Kleins to bump up the sales of Kleins while trying to maintain the sales of OCLV's. It certainly would help make Mother Treks sales mix more balanced with more Klein sales.
It would surprise me...TJeanloz
Feb 28, 2002 7:31 AM
I don't think shifting Postal onto Kleins would be a great idea for Trek. They've already dumped millions into building the Trek brand on Lance's back- there's no reason for them to ignore that effort. Furthermore, they have the argument now that part of Lance's success is a result of their bike. If he could win the Tour on any old bike (not just a mythic OCLV), it would tarnish the image of both the OCLV and whatever bike he switched to. It wouldn't surprise me if they used Kleins for 'select' races, or domestic races, but I would be shocked if they abandoned the OCLV.
Just a note here....Troyboy
Feb 27, 2002 11:28 AM
Hmmm.... I don't know anything about the Mercury Fuji/Lemond deal, however, all the Mercury guys in my area are still on Fujis. I just saw Thurlow Rogers and others two weeks on Fujis with Spinergy Rev-X. I think he won the Boulevard on a Fuji as well.
Just a note here....Wayne
Feb 27, 2002 11:39 AM
I think once all the lack of riders being paid stuff/ viatel bankruptcy/ no TdF invite (I can't remember the order of these things) went down Lemond pulled out and they went back to Fujis. I think there was a threat of a lawsuit due to breech of contract, also.
Thanks for the info. nmTroyboy
Feb 27, 2002 11:47 AM
Fuji threatened Mercury with legal actionMcAndrus
Feb 27, 2002 11:54 AM
Towards the end of summer last year, Fuji threatened legal action against Mercury because Mercury had broken their contract by riding LeMond bikes.

In some of the very late season races, the Mercury guys were still riding LeMonds but the brand name was covered over.
hey the posties aren't dudsCherry1
Feb 27, 2002 4:06 PM
re: Postal's new duds.CAAD5 Kid
Feb 27, 2002 5:53 PM
I wouldn't buy into the whole hearsay about trek being dropped by Postal. Matter-of-fact Trek just got Postal and Armstrong to drop Mavic and pick up Bontrager X-Lites and Bontrager Carbon Aero rims for this season. Trek and Postal are in this one together for a few more years at least...possibly until the end of the Postal Team. Trek is making a killing off the whole Nike and Postal team craze (trek handles distribution for Nike cycling apparel and shoes). But I wouldn't say that you might see a few of the posties out riding custom Trek Aluminium frames this year. The OCLV's can't be made custom...so you may see a few aluminium bikes being ridden. But again that's just a possibility.