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DARKSTAR63 ns-bikes's article
May 5, 2015 at 5:05
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NS Bikes launches Limited Edition line
Black backdrop so I can't really see them? Nice choice.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2015 at 12:16
Apr 30, 2015
MRP, e*thirteen, and Direct-Mount Bash Guards
I understand that, it was relevant to the tabs being there, although they did mount the bash to the guide first, so their history of developing these guides is entirely relevant.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2015 at 10:53
Apr 30, 2015
MRP, e*thirteen, and Direct-Mount Bash Guards
Well I guess we see how it plays out, but I have no doubt in my mind that these two companies collectively invented the modern chain guide. Between the original aluminum MRP guides, and the first gen e.13 guides which really made a huge leap in design, I think they deserve the credit for the excellent versions we run today. There are some other companies that make good guides that I don't think infringe and I've seen others that strike me as rip offs. How e.13 and MRP choose to exercise their power here only time will tell.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2015 at 10:34
Apr 30, 2015
MRP, e*thirteen, and Direct-Mount Bash Guards
Appears defensive to me. I don't think they are "picking" on anybody. Those ISCG tabs were developed FOR the guides, the guides came first not the mounts. It took a long time to get to these quiet low weight guides and so for new companies to pop up and make the same thing having not had to incur development costs over a decade's time is what seems unfair.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2015 at 10:29
Apr 30, 2015
MRP, e*thirteen, and Direct-Mount Bash Guards
Both of those guides MRP included are simply versions of the same basic design used for years with the lower jockey pulley removed. I see nothing ground breaking with either. e.thirteen and MRP have been working on guides like these for over a decade, these patents will protect them from companies like Shovel.
DARKSTAR63 davidarthur's article
Apr 30, 2015 at 4:30
Apr 30, 2015
Sweet Protection Bushwhacker Carbon MIPS - Review
Yea they come in for that stuff too... but people often in this sport buy because they want not because they need and in a retail business you should cater to it not turn up your nose.
DARKSTAR63 davidarthur's article
Apr 29, 2015 at 7:18
Apr 29, 2015
Sweet Protection Bushwhacker Carbon MIPS - Review
Working at a shop you should embrace this "fashion" stuff. Without it you would never move any product.
DARKSTAR63 DARKSTAR63's photo
Apr 29, 2015 at 4:41
Apr 29, 2015
This is a secret locale, beginning of last summer.

DARKSTAR63 mikekazimer's article
Apr 27, 2015 at 11:44
Apr 27, 2015
OneUp Components Granted Patent for Wide Range Sprocket, Cassette
You don't think it newsworthy because it's bad press. This is a sprocket. A cog. It's a good product but not one that strikes me as particularly novel.
DARKSTAR63 mikekazimer's article
Apr 27, 2015 at 11:27
Apr 27, 2015
OneUp Components Granted Patent for Wide Range Sprocket, Cassette
The part that surprises me is the "wide range cassette" ... how on earth do you patent something like that. The Cog I can understand, it's a unique idea, but to just patent a cassette the "expands range" particularly when this was not their idea at all but rather SRAM's just applied to a ten speed..... Sneaky.
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