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Do you have a bias against brands which have an ugly name???(31 posts)

Do you have a bias against brands which have an ugly name???Synchronicity
Sep 16, 2003 8:34 PM
We all know what brands we like.......

But do any of you refuse to buy something because of the name, even though you've never bought or used anything from that manufacturer?

I don't like brands with names like "Ritchey" or "Troy Lee designs" or "American Classic". Any "namey" sort of name, to me sounds rather boring. Ho hum. With the notable exceptions Chris King and Phil Wood, of course. I know: it is craziness.
Yes - Shimano...Iwannapodiumgirl
Sep 17, 2003 12:30 AM
When I think of Shimano, I think of fishing tackle...

Flame on! ;o)
Yes - Shimano...aliensporebomb
Sep 18, 2003 3:23 AM
I know the correct pronunciation and heritage (they
make great stuff) but it looks like a noise your
throat makes while choking.

More great stuff but it appears as if it's a type of
brand that you want to attract a lot of attention with.

NORCO - (mountain bikes)
It sounds like a heavy equipment manufacturing concern.
They should be building front-end loaders or whatnot.

VERTICAL - (cheap department store MTBs and BMXers)
What do you expect from a company that actually produces
a youth BMX bicycle called the "Aluminum Sick" (I wish
I was kidding) - I'm waiting for a bed marked "HORIZONTAL".

But not for the reasons you might expect. They make a
mountain bike called the iguana. So seeing the names
together: "GIANT IGUANA" sort of makes me sad since I'd
love to see riders of all ages riding giant iguanas rather
than a bike.

I'm sure they're not HARO-ble but the name seems odd.

Oh well.
I did untill I road one. CannondaleHigh Gear
Sep 17, 2003 1:45 AM
It probably was the stiffest super light frame I have ever road. I remember stomping the pedals on my first ride and it just took flex in the bb. I changed my mind due to that and the fact how it climbed so well.
Sep 17, 2003 4:18 AM
I have a couple of those in the garage. Mine is going into the next garage sale, since I enjoy my Giant so much. We bought two of these bikes about 10 years ago. I be I can count the number of times we rode them on my hand.
You rode them on your hand? ouch......:) nmTower
Sep 17, 2003 4:23 AM
I don't like most bike names and don't ride ad billboardsContinental
Sep 17, 2003 4:14 AM
I've removed decals and stickers in the past because I don't want to be an advertising medium when I'm out riding, and because the bike looks cleaner sleeker without them. Now the decals are clearcoated on so I don't bother. The exception is my classic Chicago Schwinn. I take care not to mess up those decals and headbadge and I show the brand off proudly.

Iron Horse is one brand name that sounds slow and heavy.
No ,that seems rather silly to me (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 17, 2003 4:20 AM
Yup - "Weyless" - ugh! Fire the guy who came up w/ that nmOffTheBack
Sep 17, 2003 5:09 AM
Yup - "Weyless" - ugh! Fire the guy who came up w/ that nmfiltersweep
Sep 17, 2003 6:36 AM
Generally ugly names...

Scattante (or any other fake Italian name)
Fetish Cycles
E Bike
Clark Kent
Iron Horse
Wound Up
Sep 17, 2003 6:46 AM
Apparently Greeks think "Scattante" is hilarious. Very similar to a Greek word for, shall we say, "doo-doo".
Sep 17, 2003 7:30 AM
Giant, when pronounced "Ghee-ahnt"! (nm)Crankist
Sep 17, 2003 5:11 AM
How about "Dura Ahtchay" or "Volay"? nmbill
Sep 17, 2003 7:01 AM
How about this stuffDERICK
Sep 17, 2003 5:33 AM
re: Do you have a bias against brands which have an ugly name???misathrope
Sep 17, 2003 5:37 AM
Ummm...Viner. I now own two of them (no pun - two bikes).
SCAT-tante! (nm)jtolleson
Sep 17, 2003 7:24 AM
Huffy. All Schwinn lovers hate Huffy.Humma Hah
Sep 17, 2003 8:10 AM
Especially now that both Schwinn and Huffy are owned by the same company.

In the old days, we all hated Shimano. So the ultimate would probably be a Huffy equipped with old Shimano.
Unless it's a Serotta made Huffy! nmDave Hickey
Sep 17, 2003 9:17 AM
I drive a Rambler AmericanStarliner
Sep 17, 2003 8:35 AM
I always had issues with Peugeot (pew-gut) until I learned French.
WINDSOR - sounds like my granfathers old beater - lolkneebreaker
Sep 17, 2003 10:50 AM
There were 2 different Windsor brands. So which do you mean?nmbicyclerepairman
Sep 17, 2003 11:34 AM
I think he's talking about a Chrysler <nm)Starliner
Sep 17, 2003 8:36 PM
Some names I hatemapei boy
Sep 17, 2003 10:56 AM
Some names I hate (some of which are on products I actually own):

Ultegra. What buttoned-down marketing firm came up with this bland monstrosity?

Any name with an X or an S in it. If I use SLX or LX components, does that mean I'll instantly live the life of a porn star?

Buckshot. Yes, I own a Tomac Buckshot. And I love it. The name, though, is ludicrously infantile and macho.

Chorus. Usually I love the Campy model names. But the name Chorus seems to imply mass production mediocrity.

Weyless, I agree, is cheesy.

Stronglight. Maybe it sounds sexy to French ears, but it's a real clinker for American Ones.

Look and Time. Two names that, for English speakers, seem totally out to lunch.

Fausto Coppi. Did Il Campionissimo ever lift a single brazing torch or ever put pencil to paper when it comes to that product? In any case, I hope the guy's descendants are getting a royalty.

On the other hand, I applaud any company actually named after its founder. Shimano, Campagnolo, Phil Woods, Fondriest, etc., are all fine in my book.
You probably knew this, but its Phil Wood....nmbicyclerepairman
Sep 17, 2003 11:37 AM
more hated namesdzrider
Sep 17, 2003 12:37 PM
Airborne - obnoxious even without the extra 'e'

fi'z'ik or however the f you spell it.

SuperGo - sounds like a laxative

Ksyrium - what language is that supposed to be?

Bianchi Eros - does it have a soft, wet head set?

Power-Tap - does it draw your beer any faster?
How about a product competing...John445
Sep 17, 2003 11:25 AM
in a market of lively, lightweight racing bikes called:
IRON HORSE. Go figure. Who was the marketing genius who came up with that name.

re: Do you have a bias against brands which have an ugly name???blownpupil
Sep 17, 2003 3:14 PM
Bad bike product names (though not necessarily bad products):

1. Giant: ?Football team ?Baseball team ? Supermarket chain ? It's just too plebian. It's like "ACME" in the Road Runner cartoons (?

2. Calfee: Always makes me think of "Carefree" as in maxi-pads.

3. Nashbar: what the heck is a nashbar? how much protein is in one? Oh yeah, how about their house brand frame..the FRAME (pronounced framay)? that's good.

4. (Pearl) Izumi: is your lawyer gonna izumi?

5. Weyless: cheesy at best, but insignificant product

6. Strong: I know it's the builder's name, and they are excellent bikes, but...well, see explanation for Giant above.

7. SIDI: I only like seedy bars, not shoes

8. Hind: Behind? Rhymes with pinned? Bad

9. Surley: especially "Karate Monkey"

10. Burley

11. Spot

12. GT : letter-only names are unimaginative. Also K2.

13. Klein: I wouldn't ride something with the same name of a kid I hated in Hebrew school
Liquid nutrition called....Spiz?PseuZQ
Sep 17, 2003 4:37 PM

And if that weren't bad enough, the full name, Spizerinctum, sounds like a pathogen that infects one's sphincter and rectum.

"Rectum? Damn near killed 'em!"
Independent FabricationsET
Sep 17, 2003 7:42 PM
I don't care how good they are, I just can't see myself buying a bike having the most dumb, boring, unimaginative name out there. Maybe in reality they're geniuses for slyly picking a name so obviously dumb, boring and unimaginative that people give them credit for picking it. Well, not me.
Sep 17, 2003 8:41 PM
One of my bikes I ride is a LeMond. Once upon a time some guy tried to sell me a Hinault fork for it. I didn't think it would have been a compatible fit.