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What's in a name???(10 posts)

What's in a name???config
Jan 28, 2003 1:35 AM
Being a MTBr for quite some time, I finally or rather my wife finally let me order my road bike. Working here in northern Italy, probably the best place in the world to ride had something to do with it. Anyways with several bike stores, Pinarello and Fondriest factories just minutes away from where I live, I decided to just go with a local builder. I was measured and the frame is being built to my dimensions. The frame I went with is an 7005 alu frame with carbon fork and seat stays. I was planning on a Chorus Triple group set but the store owner who only spoke Italian explained to me that Chorus doesn't have a triple so I ended up getting the lower Centaur group.
The entire bike should be ready for me in 3 weeks and it came to $1560 euro. He carried a Pinarello Marvel which I say is what his frameset most closely compared to but, again that was $1400 euro just for the frame. The Prince was $1900. However, I still liked the 'Salvador' (that's the name of my bike, or the bike owner) better. My question is should I've gotten the big name brand or did I do OK?
What would you've done?
re: What's in a name???GileyD
Jan 28, 2003 5:12 AM
If, when the bike comes, it fits you spot on and you love the ride.......who cares what it says on the downtube??

Many people have an element of snobbery including a lot of cyclists (me included, up to a point) and like to ride a well respected brand name, but ultimately if you end up with a cool bike you like having saved a load of cash that has to be a good thing.

Plus there's the sense of mystique - "hey, that guy's on a Salvador, never heard of them"!!

Stick a pic on when you get it and let us know how you get on.
re: What's in a name???KeeponTrekkin
Jan 28, 2003 5:31 AM
In the best tradition of Julius Ceasar, and in his homeland, you came, you saw and you conquered.

Trust your instincts. If nothing else, it shows how much of a bike's price is there to pay for marketing, corporate overhead and other things that don't really do anything for the buyer...
What is more important, that you like your bike or that I like it? nmMB1
Jan 28, 2003 6:34 AM
We need an 'I'm OK, you're OK' forum. nmOldEdScott
Jan 28, 2003 7:34 AM
I'm ok; my bike's ok. :-) nmDougSloan
Jan 28, 2003 7:41 AM
My bike's ok, it's me that sucks! ;-)) nmrwbadley
Jan 28, 2003 7:47 AM
Excellent point - nmconfig
Jan 28, 2003 7:47 AM
I say it sounds like you got a dealvelocity
Jan 28, 2003 9:03 AM
You don't have the bragging rights of a big name brand but you have a custom-made Italian steed with components for about the same price as the Marvel. And you say you like it better than the Prince too. So it sounds like you did mighty fine.

On the other hand, if you're going to kick yourself that no one's ever heard of Salvador and I shoulda, coulda, woulda gotten a Fondriest direct from the factory, then you'll regret it.
Many riders look for big name brand bikesMR_GRUMPY
Jan 28, 2003 10:39 AM
Most riders don't have a clue to what they need in a bike, so they get a brand name. If they were truthfull, they would say that they want to look like ---------. If the bike fits well, and it is made out of good material, it's a plus if it's a little known frameset.