[CR] Was: Zeus Quality Now: anecdotal evidence forms opinions...


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To: 4peebee@peterbrueggeman.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:07:38 -0500
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From: <oroboyz@aol.com>
Subject: [CR] Was: Zeus Quality Now: anecdotal evidence forms opinions...


It seems that bike parts are constantly being denounced due to a few bad experiences.

Peter you make a good point re: Campagnolo. My thoughts are that most often racing bikes with Campy or Zeus or whatever usually get damaged earlier, then eventually break, to the surprise of their rider and pronounced as a Just Riding Along failure. Whatever the cause, the frequency of failure is really very small.

The most recurring example of this phenomenon in our local cycling community has been tires; one or two riders has a flat with a particular brand X model and suddenly all X tires suck. I saw Wolber, then Clement, then Vittoria, etc., etc., be condemned over the last 35+ years. It's almost funny, as if that piece of glass or flint had a particular make of tire it was waiting for to inflict it's wound.

Dale Brown Greensboro, North Carolina USA

-----Original Message----- From: Peter Brueggeman <4peebee@peterbrueggeman.com> To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Sent: Sun, Jan 30, 2011 2:45 pm Subject: [CR] re Zeus Quality ?

Michael Levy said " You want Proof ...I got Proof... My team was sponsored by Zeus in the early, mid 80's. I put a Zeus crank set (Campy look alike) on a Colnago Super.....While climbing "Trash Truck" hill the right side crank arm snapped off ! I almost lost my you no whats....."

Searching the CR Archives will retrieve stories/instances of Campaganolo crank arms breaking. So you would be well advised by the experience of others to avoid using Campagnolo cranks as well? Your Zeus experience is a datapoint and doesn't provide definitive "proof" whether Zeus cranks break more or less than Campagnolo cranks.

It's good that the boys survived....

Peter Brueggeman
La Jolla California USA
4peebee(at)peterbrueggeman.com