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ScandiumRider RichardCunningham's article
Mar 25, 2015 at 9:00
Mar 25, 2015
Trickstuff Cleg 4 Disc Brake - Review
@taletotell, nothing is confusing in that statement alone. Sure if you have money and like boutique stuff, go buy it. I just find it funny that he's reviewing a brake that's more expensive than XTR when his last article was bemoaning how expensive the industry is getting... That's where I'm getting the mixed signals.
ScandiumRider RichardCunningham's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 22:12
Mar 24, 2015
Trickstuff Cleg 4 Disc Brake - Review
Wait, wasn't RC's last article about spending 33% less on complete bikes with non name brand parts that perform the same, and now it's just great to go spend 51% more on boutique brakes that don't perform any better? Am I missing something here? I'm getting mixed signals...
ScandiumRider RichardCunningham's article
Mar 21, 2015 at 8:56
Mar 21, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Are Name-Brand Components and Interchangeability Worth?
Comparisons aside, I agree that $10,000 for a bicycle is way too much money. But complaining about the pricing on any top end products seems a bit dumb to me. It doesn't bother me that there are bikes that cost that much, I simply would never pay that much money for a MTB. Something like a Kona Process 153 for $3,900 is way more in line with what I would pay. New school geometry, Pike fork, dropper post, SRAM/Shimano drivetrain/brakes, WTB wheels, and Maxxis tires. All great stuff for less than half of the price of an S-Works Enduro. But are people going to point out that you could buy a Suzuki RM85 for $4,000, so what's the point of buying the MTB? Tell you what, if you want a MX bike, fucking buy a MX bike in your price range. If you want a MTB, fucking buy a MTB in your price range. Then go ride and quit bitching about it.
ScandiumRider RichardCunningham's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 18:55
Mar 20, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Are Name-Brand Components and Interchangeability Worth?
A very fair point, and also brings up the major issue with proprietary parts: replacement part availability. I've been burned in the past by brands with proprietary parts, having to wait for months to replace something that I could have easily replaced with "universal" parts on other bikes. Rims with odd-numbered spoke holes with special spokes come to mind. LBS didn't have anything in stock and neither did the manufacturer. Had to wait for the next factory order from Taiwan! If it were a "universal" rim with J-bend spokes, I would have been riding in a day vs two months...
ScandiumRider RichardCunningham's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 18:49
Mar 20, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Are Name-Brand Components and Interchangeability Worth?
I came here to say exactly this. Sure $10,000 is a shit-ton of money, and you can buy a MX bike for less. But let's compare apples to apples here: at that price you're getting the very best MTB that you can possibly buy, and the same thing that the pros themselves are riding. Take that same $10,000 to your Suzuki dealer and ask to buy the EXACT bike that JS7 rides, and watch how fast you get laughed out of the dealership! That being said, I can see the point of the article, but I worry a lot about replacement parts if the MTB or bike industry in general goes this way... I've been burned too many times in the past by brands with proprietary parts.
ScandiumRider x-fusion-shox's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 13:19
Mar 20, 2015
Video: Damper Testing in NorCal With Brian Lopes
Ugh. "Moist". What an awful word...
ScandiumRider redbullbike's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 7:37
Mar 20, 2015
Video: Downtime with Josh Bryceland
Surprised to see no comments yet about the fact Rat's in a RedBull produced video. Is RedBull making videos about Monster athletes now, or will Rat have a shiny new red and blue helmet this season? Either way, stoked to see him up to speed so fast.
ScandiumRider paulaston's article
Mar 13, 2015 at 13:36
Mar 13, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Upsizing Your Frame?
Where's the poll option: "This is old news, I'm already riding a bike designed around a short stem."? I've been riding my Kona Process 153 since the fall of 2013.
ScandiumRider mikekazimer's article
Mar 12, 2015 at 18:27
Mar 12, 2015
FOX Announces 2016 FLOAT 34 for 27.5+
Goddamn that's an ugly fork.
ScandiumRider Xprezo's article
Mar 6, 2015 at 12:01
Mar 6, 2015
Xprezo Releases the Magic Carpet
Interesting that they don't really show a clear shot of the suspension cycling in the video. Looks to me from the images like there's going to be a lot of pivoting action at both shock eyelets. Better stock up on DU bushings...
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