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PLC07 mikekazimer's article
Mar 28, 2015 at 4:17
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Spotted: Prototype Mongoose Slopestyle Bike - Crankworx Rotorua
Yeah, welder here too. Those welds wouldn't win a contest but they're more than acceptable. Also, pretty sure op's comment wasn't about the welds but the frame itself.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 12:09
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
They do the same with alu though. To my experience, when they pull the "Aluminium tubing technology that puts just enough material at the right places for extra strength" it means that if you hit a rock in the low stress areas, your frame is done. If I get to pick between a 25-27lbs paperthin bike or a 28lbs sturdy one, I'll take the 28lbs one any day. The problem is that it's really hard to tell for the consumer which is which.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 12:00
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
I visited a bike factory and the guy who made me do the tour said that the carbon molds are indeed expensive but if you produce a big enough run, the molds actually become cheaper than having welders do their thing with alloy frames. The problem is that when you outsource stuff to china (or anything not done in house, really), you have to stay on top of the QC game and hire more people to make sure everything is up to the standards and that eats your profit margin. So all in all, the costs for both producing an alloy frame and a carbon frame can be pretty similar, depending on how many frames of a specific model you get into production. The fact that they shipped the test frames without making sure everything is alright beforehand makes it look like someone is cutting corners and wondering if they would have picked up the defects before sending them into production isn't far fetched. I'm really not a yeti hater but if you're going to have such a high sticker price, people expect better.
PLC07 paulaston's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 2:59
Mar 23, 2015
Kore, WOOdman and Kali - Taipei Show 2015
Hardly ever had any trouble with dropping chains while running a NW or a clutch independently. Then I was running both and started dropping chains like mad and it ended up being both my derailleur and its hanger being bent causing trouble. You might want to take a look at your setups...
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 1:57
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
Probably. On the other hand, can't really criticize yeti for pushing new concepts when we criticize components makers for lacking imagination and milking us with fake new stuff. Almost bought a SB66 myself when they first came out but I doubted I could easily find a replacement bearing, which ended being problematic according to quite a few people. I think the take home lesson is that innovation is great and it should be encouraged but if you cheap out on quality QC/testing, you're making everybody look bad. I understand that smaller brands probably don't have the same ressources the bigger players have but stuff like this tend to push people toward the bigger names and safer tech, which is a loss for the smaller brands and the consumers.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 0:36
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
This is far from the first time a troublesome product gets the "preproduction" excuse when things go wrong without any forewarning to the tester, which makes it seem like an easy way out for any problem found along the way. I understand that in house testing will never be as throughout as having your product hit the market and tested by thousands of users but if a handful of reviewers get a whole bunch of problems, it screams bad testing/QC. If you're going to cut corners, you should mention it to the reviewer beforehand that it's a preprod frame or actually wait to ship the final version.
PLC07 mikekazimer's article
Mar 22, 2015 at 22:39
Mar 22, 2015
Opinion: Don't Shoot the Messenger
It's very hard for me to care about boost 148 because by the time I buy a new bike, they will have replaced it with something else anyway.
PLC07 mikekazimer's article
Mar 22, 2015 at 22:16
Mar 22, 2015
Opinion: Don't Shoot the Messenger
This. When I want to buy anything other than derailleur cables/housing, I know that my LBS will most likely have to order it and if it happens to be something the slightest bit unusual, it's not going to come in before a few weeks. Can't blame them though. So many market segments with so many different parts, you can't expect them to carry everything, I know I wouldn't. But as a consumer... might as well order it from chain reaction for half the price and have it on my doorstep within a week.
Mar 19, 2015 at 13:53
Mar 19, 2015
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 4:32
Mar 19, 2015
Opinion: The Machines Have Soul, Don't They?
I'm 100% with you. Bikes is fun because of the adventure... an excuse for exploring new places, for a road trip, for meeting new people, for staying in shape or getting good at something and pushing your boundaries. They're just a tool that you use for a great time. My allen keys don't have a soul and I don't give them names either and the bike does nothing by itself when it's left in the garage.
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