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ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Jun 29, 2015 at 22:37
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Ibis Announce Updated Ripley and New LS Model
Some of my experience was machining tooling at Enve, so some of my experience is directly related to the subject of component/frame cost vs mold changes and updates. It was nothing for an engineer to have a new rim idea on friday morning and have a prototype mid-day the following Monday. It happened often. My rambling was directed at how options like di2 compatibility, two rear end options-boost and 142x12, and two front end options - affect prices. I wasn't trying to get between anyone here having a healthy debate, just to provide more accurate information about tooling and molds based on my manufacturing and engineering background. My point was that it is not unreasonable for a healthy company to have several sizes and options available, all for the same price as their other full suspension frames.
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Jun 29, 2015 at 19:18
2 days
Ibis Announce Updated Ripley and New LS Model
What's di2 compatibility encompass? A place to mount a battery? That's not expensive to the tooling, at least not $500 expensive. Do people charge $500 more for a bottle mount? Just because a company charges $500 for di2 compatibility does not mean that it cost them $500 extra to make the tooling. I don't feel that a small difference in design justifies charging $500 to the customers over thousands of frames, especially when they continue to charge that $500 for every frame after that, year after year no end. When is the last time a company found a way to lower the prices of their bikes? Ibis brought the special blend build so people like me could get a nice frame that was rideable off the shop floor, while I save money to upgrade the parts that need it, or parts that I just want to upgrade for the hell of it. Kudos to santa cruz for finding a way to drop their prices with different material and layup. Those are the only two brands I've heard of recently.
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Jun 29, 2015 at 16:09
2 days
Ibis Announce Updated Ripley and New LS Model
OK, Everybody listen. I am a toolmaker, moldmaker, and machinist with 17 years experience. I have made tooling and molds for multiple materials, manufacturing processes, etc. Out of all the tooling I have designed, machined and finished by hand, Carbon Fiber molds are the easiest to make. They also wear at a more rapid rate than other tooling, so they are constantly being remade and one mold does not last several years. Making new molds does not raise the price, the price is already high because they are constantly making new molds to replace the ones that are wearing out. Whether the current prices are inflated is up for debate. If one small company like Pivot can sell new frames for 2500, then why are Specialized frames often over 3000? I thinks S-works frames are $4000 Also, the Ripley prices are the same as the one I purchased in January, with all the same components except for grips and crankset.
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Jun 29, 2015 at 11:54
2 days
Ibis Announce Updated Ripley and New LS Model
My 2010 enduro has it, too.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Jun 27, 2015 at 19:36
Jun 27, 2015
ENVE Goes Wide With HV Rims: First Look
Well, when I worked there I was paid well, but I was not an entry level or production employee, and I wasn't hired through an agency. Regardless, working there was one of the worst experiences of my adult life.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Jun 27, 2015 at 15:16
Jun 27, 2015
ENVE Goes Wide With HV Rims: First Look
Enve claiming to "weave" around the spoke holes is just a clever use of words. "Molding" the holes is technically true. It's true they do not drill the spoke holes, but there surely is no weaving going on. I think their high prices are more to cover all the rims that they reject. So maybe quality control is the cause. the labor to make one rim is not significantly more that the competition, but sometimes they have to throw a few away the make a few good ones. As someone mentioned above, your consumer rage is better aimed at other companies selling Chinese made rims (likely laced, assembled and decals too!) at greater than necessary prices. Light-Bicycle clearly offers custom decals for a tiny price. If I had the money to invest, I would buy 100 wheelsets, send a few 27.5" to a few choice websites, and start counting money. Then of course, re-up. Mountain bikers be fiending for that uncut, wide carbon wheelset.
ChampionP paulaston's article
Jun 26, 2015 at 18:13
Jun 26, 2015
Orbea Occam 2016: First Look
@mayel, I'll read that a couple more times. It's bound to make sense to me eventually. If you go on vacation/holiday they run your serial numbers on your bike when you come home? How would they know you purchased the bike in the US and not Canada? Also, if an American wishes to enter Canada for the first time, would a DUI from year 2000 keep me out? Answer all these questions and I'll load the bike rack up and bring you all your new bikes this fall lol.
ChampionP paulaston's article
Jun 26, 2015 at 12:21
Jun 26, 2015
Orbea Occam 2016: First Look
Does it have smooth ground control, or is it more of a butcher?
ChampionP paulaston's article
Jun 26, 2015 at 12:17
Jun 26, 2015
Orbea Occam 2016: First Look
That's not the first time I have read this type of statement recently on PB from Canadians. Is CAD in a state of flux or USD? Would it be worth it to make a run for the border and drive back with your new bike?
ChampionP foxracingshox's article
Jun 25, 2015 at 23:59
Jun 25, 2015
Video: Inside FOX's X2 Downhill Shock
Or have two knobs, one for compression and one for rebound. The knob could then be pulled off to reveal two allen keys, which would conveniently fit all the adjustments on the shock. Kind of like RS's removable rebound knob with allen key to fit the axle tension and gate threshold adjustments. Or some variation close to that. Whatever would be most helpful to the rider.
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