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Your thoughts on "no name" bike brands(6 posts)

Your thoughts on "no name" bike brandsAeroTom
Nov 18, 2002 6:36 PM
I was wondering what everyone thinks about the bike brands which aren't big names.

These brands are generally cheaper than the big names. Do you think the quality is as good? I had a particular brand in mind, Learsport, I don't suppose most of you have heard of them. They are an Australian bike brand that makes road bikes amongst other types of bikes. I am thinking of purchasing the Lear8000.

http://www.learsport.com.au/lear8000.htm

Bear in mind I'm not a racer, so I don't need a bike for racing purposes. And one more thing, the prices on that web page are in Australian dollars. :)

How do these no name brands compare with the big ones? Does anyone have any experiences (good or bad) with no name brands?

Cheers,
Tom.
Looks OKdeHonc
Nov 18, 2002 7:31 PM
Tom,

I'm from Brisbane - haven't seen a Lear8000 around but it looks like a good buy (in terms of components) and price. My only concern would be fit - not many frame sizes to choose from. I was down at the LBS at lunch today and saw a Trek 1500 for $1800.00 (Australian dollars) which was equipped with similar quality parts -and has a lifetime frame warranty - only catch is that this price was for that one bike - so if it doesn't fit - forget it. The Lear 8000 - if its a Taiwanese frame I would be more enthusiastic than a Chinese frame - better welding / overall build quality. Good luck!

Ride Safe.
HMMMMMMREPO42
Nov 18, 2002 11:29 PM
Yeah you might save a few bucks, but if you really look hard, or buy used through Ebay I would wager that you could pick up a name brand bike for a reasonable price. I did.
For around $1000 you can pick up a slightly used Lemond Zurich. Dollar for dollar one of the best steel bikes out there. Also there is a company called Iron Horse that carries a line of bikes with Ultegra components and a Reynolds 853 tubing frame. I've seen them go for around $950 new. I don't know what your price range is, but let me ask you "would you rather drive a Mercedes or a pinto"???
He's Aussie, exchange rate is about 2:1SnowBlind
Nov 18, 2002 11:54 PM
so you can at least double the price. Plus duties.
Go the Pacific Peso.
A common problem with lesser-known brands ...Allez Rouge
Nov 19, 2002 5:13 AM
... for all types of products (i.e. not just bikes) is that the resale value is even less than for the major names. And sometimes it's not just lesser KNOWN brands, but lesser RESPECTED ones. For example, two well-known manufacturers of music equipment, Peavey and Carvin, both make excellent stuff that generally sells new for considerably less than the really big and famous brands ... but if you ever want to sell items gear made by either, you practically have to give it away.

Of course this will not be a concern if you plan to keep the bike "forever," and I certainly don't believe one should ever make a purchasing decision with resale value foremost in mind ... but it is one factor you may wish to consider.
Absolutely right, allezLeroy
Nov 19, 2002 6:19 AM
My band bought a Carvin bass rig - 2 10's/15 & a gazillion watts - about 5 years ago for a good price. It's a real fine rig, but you couldn't get anything for it. I have a Univega commuter that's the bike equivalent. Great bike; worth next to nothing on the used market. Luckily no need to sell either - in fact I would not. The point is that you should buy the bike you like. But it to ride, not as some kind of investment. There's no worse investment than used bikes or used music gear.