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PLC07 mikekazimer's article
Apr 16, 2014 at 13:40
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Sea Otter 2014 Randoms - Part 1
They're the Ed Hardy of the mountain biking world, which is a shame because the few products I've owned were great quality.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 11:03
Apr 15, 2014
e*thirteen, SDG, Birzman, Easton - Sea Otter 2014
Yeah, same for the DH derailleur. People have been crying for a 6-7 speed dh specific system for years and now sram created one so expensive that it makes my 9speed look perfectly fine to me now hahaha. I understand that they want to recoup their XX1 R&D investment and a way to do it is sell the new tech at a high cost but it really makes me wonder who has the money to buy that stuff if you don't have staff deals or sponsors. At least in this case it's a minor upgrade so we can easily do without. I'm seriously pondering if they wouldn't make more money by using the tech through their range immediately since they probably sell a lot more x7/x9/x0s especially when 3rd party companies come in and make alternative solutions for much much much cheaper.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 13:23
Apr 13, 2014
Emily Batty's Trek Superfly - Pietermaritzburg World Cup
A lot of women don't really care about sports in general so I have no trouble believing that it's a segment that has a lot of growth potential. It's sad because most women I know who ride DH/XC kicks the average guy's ass. The manufacturer that will find a way get women on bikes will make a lot of money... but I feel it's going to take more than cute colored bikes and seats with a hole in the middle.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 8:39
Apr 13, 2014
Emily Batty's Trek Superfly - Pietermaritzburg World Cup
Yeah, it's one of the reasons people didn't like the whole "29er for everything and everybody" craze. Most of the female riders I know aren't exactly tall either. In a world of relentless flashy marketing and constant "new" tech press releases, it baffles me that one of the most famous XC rider has a bike that looks like it has been fitted by Macgyver... I understand that female XC is probably not the most sought after feeds on redbull.tv but Batty is still great click bait for Trek.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 3:57
Apr 13, 2014
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 3:56
Apr 13, 2014
Emily Batty's Trek Superfly - Pietermaritzburg World Cup
It's not that low. Correct me if I'm wrong but I remember reading that she needs a low stem and to slide her seat forward as much as she can because her body is too small to fit the 29er geo that is a little too high/long for her.
PLC07 mikekazimer's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 3:44
Apr 13, 2014
VP Components, Spy Optic, 661 - Sea Otter 2014
For the same price you can get the Shore goggles from Ryder that come with a polarized lens, which I feel has a much more important impact on riding. If you're ready to pay a little more, you can get the photochromic ones (lens with a tint that fluctuates depending on how much light they're exposed to) which I feel is a lot more important when coming in/out of darker wood sections than a "mood enhancer"...
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 3:33
Apr 13, 2014
e*thirteen, SDG, Birzman, Easton - Sea Otter 2014
Yeah, I have been extremely disappointed with a lot of directions the industry has taken and I've been ranting a lot lately but the Ex cog + NW chainring for 125$ are 2 cost effective solutions for real problems we actually had so hats off to E-13 for that. THIS is the kind of innovation I feel we need.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Apr 12, 2014 at 4:45
Apr 12, 2014
Continental Baron and Der Kaiser Tires - Sea Otter 2014
I was browsing conti's website yesterday looking for new AM tires. I got the Der Kaisers 2.5" on my DH rig and I find them phenomenal, glad to see they're adding an AM version. Let's just hope they're available in 26".
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 8, 2014 at 8:24
Apr 8, 2014
First Ride: RockShox RS-1 Fork – Carbon, Inverted, Expensive and for 29ers Only
I feel the same but then I don't really recall people crying about their dorado stanchions getting destroyed so my guess is that it's not that bad of a problem.
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