- Accidental brand loyalty
Whilst sorting out my kit I realised the other day it occurred to me that I am quite brand loyal.
Bikes : On-One/Specialized/Scott – Never owned anything else as an adult
Tops : On-One – Got 5 of ’em
Kit other than tops : Endura – Gloves, jackets, glasses, shorts all Endura
Shoes : Shimano – 3 pairs
On line – CRC – Never use anyone else
LBS – Cooksons – Never use anyone else
I guess if it works I don’t change it. Don’t know whether I’m dull, lazy or subconsciously loyal.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
If say I’m pretty similar really. I swapped to Sram mechs and shifters when they bought out their first trigger shifters and have been with them ever since, always use their chains too. I also tend to try and make my MTB’s feel similar to each other so both have Answer bars, Superstar pedals, Charge saddles, Sram mech and shifter and Shimano brakes.
I’m less loyal when it comes to bike clothing though…it’s normally dictated by price and what I like.
I always used CRC but am using a few others now due I their range shrinking and prices not being as good as they once were.Posted 4 years agorentachimpMember
Not had a bad product from Dakine yet.Posted 4 years ago
Altura as LBS stocks it and they treat me well, although I find their semi-dry shorts are a horrible fit. I have bib shorts and the new Mayhem rain jacket which are great.
Have 3 Ghost bikes, all of which I find lovely: 2011 SE5000, 2011 MISS 5000, and 2011 AMR 5900 (one is for the lady wife, but looking back I may have overspent in hindsight). Think I would try a different brand next, though.
And Nukeproof bits as they look badass and just plain work!TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
On my 2nd Spesh Enduro (different flavours), but will go down another road next time – however, for the moment I’m sticking with my 5yr old S-Works and upgrading.
Shorts – Endura (and other brands) don’t last me 2 minutes. Now Troy Lee Moto’s – indestructible and I will keep on buying. Only need a new pair now (to replace 4yr old pair) due to considerable weight loss.
Fox gloves seem to fit the bill – as does their clothing (albeit I don’t exactly have a lot of it).
Hope products I just like, even though they may not be the best. Hope 4 light – not the brightest, Tech M4 brakes – not the most powerful, Pro II hubs – maybe won’t last the longest. Just beautifully made stuff, homegrown and great CS!
Mavic rims – not the lightest, but never had a problem, ever, on any bike – just keep going back.
Camelbak – not the cheapest, but IMO the best.
Charge Spoon saddles – seem to fit me.Posted 4 years agojonxmackMember
I always try to kit my bikes out with the SRAM family, the old bike had SID’s, the new bike has a Reverb, my road and MTB’s have SRAM groupsets, roadie has Zipp’s, etc.
In terms of pure parts, if I’m buying for myself it’ll always be Speedplay pedals, Vittoria tyres, and Castelli kit.Posted 4 years agoddmonkeySubscriber
I like to think that I have a few favourite brands but I find I am much more pragmatic in reality these days – I seem to own a lot of Specialized stuff because its good and reasonably priced for the quality despite not really having any liking for the brand. I love the Orange brand but no longer own one. Again, Shimano is not exactly glamourous but I no-longer use anything else on my bikes. A bit boring really function over everything it seems. I suppose that’s how it should be but its not very inspiring.Posted 4 years agomunrobikerMember
All my bikes are on Rockshox forks, Shimano gears, Shimano brakes and Race Face cranks (except the road bikes which have Shimano cranks). I stick to what I know won’t explode or wear out having tried most other brands of brake, fork and drivetrain.
I also use Shimano shoes- Shimano kit is just too good to go elsewhere.Posted 4 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
I don’t think it’s accidental at all with me, I choose stuff that works (from experience), is reasonably priced and looks nice.
Drivetrain and brakes = Shimano (though I have an old set of Hope Minis on the singlespeed)Posted 4 years ago
Clothing = Sombrio, Dakine, Endura
Packs/bags = Dakine or Osprey
Gloves = Always Fox
Shoes = Always Shimano
Headsets = Always FSA
Hubs = Always HopeunklehomeredSubscriber
Shimano brakes, cranks, shoes
Rockshox forks, though feeling a pull to Xfusion
Fox – gloves
its more to do with having found things I like than brand identity with the exception of
Commencal – Sussers. I just love commencal, but then again, they keep making things for me to love.Posted 4 years ago
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