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Mar 5, 2014 at 7:46Mar 5, 2014
Video: Steve Peat Stars in Volvo Commercial
Awwww no more Mercedes Vito sponsorhip. Mercedes > Volvo.
Feb 28, 2014 at 10:20Feb 28, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Should Mountain Bike Companies Consider Ditching Model Years?
It doesn't immediately become a POS but it does hurt the resale value considerably when you have new bikes coming out every year. Basically companies operate on two principles planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence. Perceived obsolescence = Year to year, companies change the paint job or a slightly different head angle, etc. The perception is my bike is no longer cool because it is not the newest model despite being very similar. Fortunately, you can take your bike apart and move all the components to a new frame and it will be cooler. Planned obsolescence = Every 3-5 years, companies completely change their product lines. This is to prevent people from using old parts with the new technology forcing them to get the newest gear. RockShox Boxxers from 2005-2008 had 32mm stanchions. They did change some things over that time: the dampener, rebound and logo design as perceived obsolescence, but the parts were interchangeable. In 2009, the stanchions became 35mm. This means one cannot use the internal parts from a 2008 Boxxer on a new 2013 stanchions and lowers bought online. You must buy the whole new 2013 Boxxer fork. What I see is perceived obsolescence from year to year which I could care less about, and planned obsolescence every 3-5 years. There will always be people out there who want the newest gear and are willing to pay for it. These people help keep the companies going by being the Innovators/Early Adopters paying those high bike, laptop, iPhone prices. Meanwhile, the rest of the market, the majority and the laggards, will buy the products when they are more affordable and don't care if it is the newest stuff. These people will eventually be dragged into the new product lines through planned obsolescence. http://www.altastreet.com/sites/all/files/asxhost/20110714211709!DiffusionOfInnovation.png
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Feb 3, 2014 at 7:29Feb 3, 2014
Cam Zink's Big Move
Sounds like Hyper just dropped him (and EC) like a sack of potatoes. Did they think that having Cam alone was going to make them a top 5 bike company overnight? Didn't seem like they had a long term plan for slow growth with all the competition.
Jan 31, 2014 at 11:28Jan 31, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Should We Get Rid of XC Eliminator?
^ I agree. Why water down the sport just for spectators? Yeah, they bring money to the sport, but who said bigger is better? We don't want something like F1 racing where millionaires and billionaires create teams and play politics with the sport ultimately sucking the fun and competitiveness out. Just look at how the UCI has handled the sport. I hope the Enduro World Series does not get absorbed into the UCI, and if the creators have their way, they'll keep it that way.
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Jan 29, 2014 at 11:41Jan 29, 2014
Rachel Atherton wins BT Sport's Action Woman of the Year
Yeah, my vote actually worked. Go democracy! Now it's time to get Rach on the shortlist for Damehood. Right after Steve Peat becomes a Knight.
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Jan 21, 2014 at 14:40Jan 21, 2014
Bootleg Canyon Race Report
That's some race report. Pictures only...
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Jan 15, 2014 at 9:51Jan 15, 2014
Video: Champéry Still Rocks!
He was just practicing for the Canadian Kickout Championships in Whistler.
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Aug 12, 2013 at 7:17Aug 12, 2013
The MSA Mustache Massacre - Mont St Anne WC Finals
Gee is an amazing athlete, but he can take losing hard and often hides in the pits immediately after the race to sulk e.g. MSA 2011. They all want to win and start prepping/training almost soon as the season is over. EVERYTHING is riding on that one 3-5 minute run. I could imagine Gee being happy with 2nd and his continued lead of the World Cup series. He got beat by Stevie even with a small advantage to him. It was amazing riding from Stevie and any racer would be slightly stoked. Especially, when they are fellow Redbull athletes and spent time in New Zealand riding together for the film Follow Me. There is a lot of camaraderie in the sport of Downhill.
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Jun 18, 2013 at 12:11Jun 18, 2013
Danny Macaskill - Ask Me Anything
Who's the little boy and mum in the vid? Friends or relatives of yours or just paid actors?