Precedents not Knock-offs May 3, 2009

Some people like to blast out on companies for “knocking-off” older-styled bicycle components. I for one welcome it. Let’s look at it realistically people, Campagnolo made the first Nuovo Record rings with a double band. Years later, Sugino released the Mighty ring. Same with Campy hubs. Almost everything that was first Italian was later copied by the Japanese companies. Then, when the Italian companies went the tech route, Japanese tradition made these components better, improving on them for years.

Now, with the popularity of track bikes, people want those classic-looking components but don’t have the money to buy the old vintage pieces. Whereas most of the cycling world has gone the Carbon / gram weight weenie approach, a few companies are re-issuing their classic designs. San Marco for one, has reissued their Concor. Cinelli has reissued the Unicanitor, but Campagnolo will never reissue their older models. Why? I don’t know. Some people even take the effort to photoshop the modern Campy lines into the popular and highly sought-after Corsa line… Hell, I’m convinced! Levis continues to make their older models, step it up Campy!

But for one, I won’t blast-on companies meeting this demand! Hell, I love my Grunge saddle Turbo / Concor knockoff. It’s replaceable.

For instance, the new Starfuckers rings look nice. CNC Milled front and back ring with drillium holes. Very classy!

Previously:
Starf*ckers Saddles?
Reissue Don’t Rape
Concor Returns