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Best and worst for 2002?(28 posts)

Best and worst for 2002?DINOSAUR
Dec 6, 2002 9:22 AM
I stole this idea off of another cycling forum. What is the best and worst product you've found during this year? I'll start off:

Best: My Colnago Master X-Light I purchased in May. I love the ride of steel. Followed by- it doens't hurt to ask the owner of your LBS if he will give a discount.

Worst: Peformance Century Gel Shorts. The gel started leaking out when the shorts were about 2 months old. But Performance said they would replace them or give me a refund.
re: Best and worst for 2002?ColnagoFE
Dec 6, 2002 9:50 AM
Best this year--My Dyno/GT Deuce Cruiser bike. It's been a blast to ride this around town.

Worst this year--Louis Garneau Ergo Gloves. Not nearly as comfortable as my regular Pearl Izumi Pittards. They give my hands blisters.
re: Best and worst for 2002?DougSloan
Dec 6, 2002 9:53 AM
Best (new to me this year):

*Look Ergo Stem and cownhorn bars (very comfy)
*Conti Gatorskin tires
*Record triple, for hilly long rides

Best (former years):

*Chamois Butt'r
*Ksyrium wheels
*Record Ergo levers
*Cygolight headlights

Worst (not limited to this year):

*Tufo clincher/tubulars (worst aspects of clinchers and tubulars, combined)
*Conti Supersonics (flatted every single ride)
*SpinSkins tire liners (worse than nothing)
*Specialized Body Geometry Pro saddle (ouch!)
re: Best and worst for 2002?netso
Dec 6, 2002 10:12 AM
I have to agree that the worst has been the Cont Supersonics.
They should have been banned!!!!!
Agree on the Specialized BG saddle.....PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 6, 2002 10:14 AM
The Best
1) Conti GP tires.
2) Prolink
3) Sidi shoes

The Worst
1)Laytex tubes.
2) Specialized BG saddle.
re: Best and worst for 2002?BikeViking
Dec 6, 2002 10:49 AM
Gotta agree about the Butt'r...I love the stuff. But I have really like my BG Pro. Perhaps I need to upgrade to the Flite Gel and REALLY be comfy...hmmmmmmm.

Different strokes for different keisters...

Best (new to me)

Voler shorts
Bontrager Race-lite wheels
Michelin Axial Carbon tires
DeFeet socks...LOVE'EM!!!


- Specialized BG gloves...sucked ROYALLY is an understatement
- Bontrager Race-lite tires...not very durable, started showing wear after 1000 miles. My Axial Carbons are holding up MUCH better
re: Best and worst for 2002?Racer C
Dec 6, 2002 10:07 AM
Best: Speedplay Zero Pedals. All the advantages, but customized.

Worst: Specialized round computers. What were they thinking?
Second the round computersDave Hickey
Dec 6, 2002 10:17 AM
What a POS.
Only the best.MB1
Dec 6, 2002 10:23 AM
My Canon Digital Elph S300 camera that Miss M got me for a late Christmas Present.

Meeting and riding with LenJ and Greg Taylor.

Getting to see all the RBR Illustrated Ride Reports from around the country and world.

Terry sun block long sleeve jerseys and not having to cover my arms with sun screen.

Nokian Tires.

Photon Drop Bar Endplug blinkies. Light weight, out of the way and plenty visiable.
Far more good stuff than bad...Gregory Taylor
Dec 6, 2002 10:48 AM
The Good --

Riding with the guys

Doing a couple of races

Buying a new bike from a small builder

Discovering Campagnolo

Running into MB1 and Miss M on the bike trail

Signing up to ride the 2003 Le Etape Du Tour

Seriously thinking about starting a book

The Bad --

Not doing enough races

Getting hit by a car while riding my new bike from a small builder

Not being able to go out with MB1 and Miss M on one of their Magical Mystery Tours

Being deluded enough about my literary talent to serious consider starting a book
re: Best and worst for 2002?laffeaux
Dec 6, 2002 11:26 AM
Best: cyclocross bikes - I bought a Ritchey this year, and I'm not sure I'll ever own a road bike again. My road bike is up for sale.

Worst: Castelli shorts - twice the price of Performance shorts and half the comfort.
re: Best and worst for 2002?MXL02
Dec 6, 2002 11:34 AM
Best: Master Xlight, Record triple, Flight Gel saddle, Open Corsa Tires, Pearl Izumi Vaper Road shoes, Speedplay X-2 pedals, Santana Tandem
Worst: EPX frame, Colnago ergo stem, Cxp 21 rims, Trans AM Saddle, Sigma Sport 1400.
Please comment on Sigma Sport 1400(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 6, 2002 12:26 PM
Please comment on Sigma Sport 1400(nm)MXL02
Dec 6, 2002 1:14 PM
The one I installed lasted a total of 48 hours before dying. Cannot send it back to the shop, must return to factory...a complete hassle.
I don't own one, but what's wrong with the Colnago stem? (nm)ColnagoFE
Dec 6, 2002 1:06 PM
I don't own one, but what's wrong with the Colnago stem? (nm)MXL02
Dec 6, 2002 1:17 PM
There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just advertized as this amazing versatile adjustable stem system, and it really is not that adjustable, and certainly not worth the hefty price a stem it is functional. Maybe not the worst thing I purchased but certainly did not live up to its reputation.
re: Best and worst for 2002?Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 6, 2002 1:03 PM
Let's see, I don't know about best or worst, so I'll break it down into "happy with" and "unhappy with".

Happy with:

Serotta CSI (very happy with), Ritchy cross tires, Phil Wood BB, generic coolmax winter hat, craft undershirts, Extran thirstquencher, Salsa quill stem, mechanic at the shop I started using this year.

Unhappy with:

Sigma wireless system, Northwave Evolutions (broke strap thingy on 3rd ride), Cane Creek headset, Bianchi DISS.

re: Best and worst for 2002?BipedZed
Dec 6, 2002 1:06 PM

Power-Tap power meter - this changes everything
Cannondale CAAD5 frame - light, stiff, and cheap
Tufo Elite cyclocross tubulars - low pressure traction
Michelin Pro Race clinchers - great feel AND longevity
Ritchey WCS handlebars - comfy
Finishing 2nd in 3 different races


Finishing 2nd in 3 different races
re: Best and worst for 2002?Scot_Gore
Dec 6, 2002 1:43 PM
Best: Vaude Aeroflex Backpack

Worst: 4 roadhazard sidewall tears on my $49.99 Specialized Turbo Comps and me being too vain to get a cheaper tire that dosn't match my bike.
re: Best and worst for 2002?Skidoo
Dec 6, 2002 2:07 PM
1.Sidi Dominator road shoes--comfy, light, and oh-so-stylish.(I think I could get away with wearing these with my suit and tie to work if it wasn't for the clip-clop of the cleats.)
2.Speedplay Cafe cleat covers. (The answer to the conundrum above.)
3. Joe Friel's, The Cyclist's Training Bible.
1. Not having enough time to enjoy items 1-3 above.

warning! sweeping generalization ahead--> specialized sucks!Frith
Dec 6, 2002 2:02 PM
Seriously. There is a reoccuring theme in the worst section of a good percentage of these posts, and that is complaints about specialized products.
The only specialized product I can think of that that I own is my mountain bike shoes and they aren't so bad. I will definitely be wary of buying any specialized product in the future based on the comments in this thread.
So what is it about this company that causes them to put out so much garbage?
Yes, it's an over generalization.Scot_Gore
Dec 6, 2002 3:17 PM
It's mostly the BG Saddle that got all the flak above.

My worst was the Specialized tires, but I'm the first to admit, the problems not with the product. If you ride over sharp objects or slip into cracks, it's not the manufacturer of your tire that made that happen. It's bad luck and, sorry to say, bad piloting on my part.

I don't know what it is about the BG Saddles, but people either really love em OR really hate em. I must admit I'm in the hate em group, but Dave will be along shortly for a completely different point of view.

re: Best and worst for 2002?PdxMark
Dec 6, 2002 2:58 PM
- Getting a CAAD 5 road bike for a commuter to replace a hardtail mountain bike
- Full fenders on the CAAD 5 commuter
- SIDI shoes
- Bell Ghisallo helmet
- Gommitalia Calypso tires, cheap, smooth & durable
- Goretex socks as winter wear on the commuter

- Putting a triple on the CAAD 5 commuter (switched it to a double)
- Rollers: I'd rather ride in the rain
re: Best and worst for 2002?swvegg
Dec 6, 2002 3:34 PM
-Flite saddle, cheap plain and comfy.
-Switching from Campy to Shimano
-bib shorts instead of normal ones
-Oakley Racing jackets, great wind coverage and optics.

-Campy Proton wheels. Nothing special about them, can build up 32-spoke wheels for less that ar just as light, if not lighter. And they were hell to get a tire on. Broke the rim in a crash (but then again, I don't think may rims would have survived that crash.)
re: Best and worst for 2002?gtx
Dec 6, 2002 5:43 PM
hmmm, well, I haven't really spent much on bike stuff since about, oh, June or so... :)

Best: new Frog cleats--new design, more solid and durable--awesome.

Worst: Santini bike shorts from By far the WORST shorts with the WORST chamois I've ever tried. They actually made me turn around early on a ride. My butt hurts just thinking about them.
Madonna's new albumLC
Dec 6, 2002 8:51 PM
Not sure what is worse; Madonna's new album or the Dura Ace 7700 bottom bracket that is now stuck in my frame. I can almost turn the POS by my fingers, I wonder how many races that thing cost me.

I am pretty happy with my single speed. I found the old steel lugged frame by the side of the road. Added some left over parts laying around and a couple cans of paint. It is now probally my favorite bike in the stable of expensive CF and titanium bikes, and I got less than $10 into it!
re: Best and worst for 2002?Bill J Pappas
Dec 7, 2002 10:17 AM
Best: My Pinarello Prince,Campy Record group, Prolink lube, Campy 10sp.(toss the permalink, and its now perfect!) San Marco Squadra saddle, Joe Blow pro floor pump, Michelin Axial Pro/race tires, Time equipe shoes,Park tools, Sigma BC1200 computer, Cinelli gel bar tape, Look pedals, Defeet socks, T/A chainrings(long lasting&cool anadized colors), Nokon cables($$$ but smooth shifting!)Superfeet insoles.

Worst: Triflow lube, Sigma cordless bike computer, Campy permalink, Nalini 6 panel bibshorts(thin, non existent chamois!)Louis Garneau gell gloves, profile bar tape(just crap!!)
re: Best and worst for 2002?aliensporebomb
Dec 7, 2002 10:41 PM
Giant TCR2 compact road bike (yum).

Specialized Groin Control (I mean Body Geometry) saddle on my commuter bike