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Snfoilhat mikekazimer's article
Aug 25, 2014 at 9:22
Aug 25, 2014
Airborne Toxin - Review
The whole bike is SRAM. 1) Direct to consumer margins are very small. 2) Smaller companies like Airborne don't place big enough orders from the OEMs to get both great pricing and free choice of components. The difference in total price on this very same bike w/ Shimano brakes != the difference in price between Shimano brakeset and Avid brakeset. To a product manager sitting at a computer spreadsheet, seeing the MSRP jump even a small amount likely breaks (brakes!) the deal.
Snfoilhat pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 21, 2014 at 8:55
Aug 21, 2014
Inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship – Prize Purse and Event Passes
For good reason, there is always some pressure/incentive to try to make a format that has been successful in one sport/business work in another. You can go to some of the US' mid-sized cities and totally pack a collesium with paying Supercross fans, only a fraction of whom themselves ride. There has always been a promoter trying to make some form of MTB work that same magic. No amount of top pro participation, large purses, or race format has worked yet. Some people believe it is because cycling is more participatory (though of course many of us love watching great races too). Some people believe they just have to find the right formula and the money will come in.
Snfoilhat pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 14, 2014 at 21:03
Aug 14, 2014
Replay: Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
Listen to the pros talk about race events where the pressure is off, they're hanging with their friends, and they're here for fun. They still rip. It's still fun to watch. Speed and Style, Pump Track, Dual Slalom. What race format have you and I, the amateur racers, been told will be fun and just like hanging with our friends? Enduro. So not true. I'm not saying you didn't go to XYZ Enduro and have a rad time. I suppose you did. I'm saying you didn't have this time. I sure as hell didn't have this time at my local enduro. But the industry makes these events a sort of side show, a perk for the pros. Not even trying to sell their DJ/gated racing frame or fork or tire or whatever. Sea Otter, Crankworx. Parties. The rest of the year: back to the mines! If you're a pro, OK, go pay the bills. But all the rest of us _pay_ to race FFS.
Snfoilhat pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 13, 2014 at 15:33
Aug 13, 2014
Replay: Fox Air DH
Cam McCaul earns every brand ambassador dollar he's paid. His interviews/commentary have been a highlight of the non-riding Crankworks content. (Of which there is quite a bit).
Snfoilhat pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 9, 2014 at 16:59
Aug 9, 2014
Replay: Clif Bar Dual Speed and Style
Curious: If there is a gate start (as opposed to flag, rubber band), why require one foot on the ground?
Snfoilhat RichardCunningham's article
Aug 8, 2014 at 11:31
Aug 8, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Fatbike Racing is Inevitable
I don't think this format is inevitable in the US either: no land manager is going to permit off-trail riding unless it's in a desert. Snow slalom/4X at a resort in winter, sure! Hundreds of amateurs rambling over the countryside on fat bikes, and all chasing a fat bike 'pro' class for glory and a medal? BS
Snfoilhat pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 6, 2014 at 22:10
Aug 6, 2014
Inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship – First Teams and Athletes
Gated racing is f-in' rad! But this competition won't 'grow the sport' any more than dual speed and style grows the sport, or Nitro Circus grows motocross (though it has contributed to the sport of wheelchair backflipping, I guess). If amateurs can't ride or race it, if there is no infrastructure, no facilities, then it's a side show. It's cool that teams get more exposure and sponsors kick in more money to downhill mountain biking, but just think: if this were the future of DH, then how many places in the world could you ride 'future' DH? How many race venues? Resorts complain about the high cost of building and maintaining 4X tracks as the principal reason for 4X's slow growth. Guess how much a Pinnacle or Redbull Wide Open costs. I'll watch it if they stream it, cheer for my favorites, sip an energy drink (or water out of an energy drink can, like a pro), but let's not allow trying to keep a positive attitude about cycling's future make us throw out common sense. P.S. Pinnacle: don't cheap out on the gate, or you will be compared to XCEliminator to your everlasting shame.
Snfoilhat larsveenstra's article
Jul 30, 2014 at 21:30
Jul 30, 2014
Snfoilhat mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 21:23
Jul 24, 2014
Spotted: Jared Graves' Yeti SB6c Prototype
For a mechanical post that uses a pin (like Gravity Dropper) or collet (like Command Post) it is exactly the same mechanism bearing in compression the weight of the rider, or in tension the weight of the bike hanging from the saddle. The post doesn't care. Also, if your workstand jaws are clean and you aren't a gorrila, you can clamp your dropper stanchion many times and not damage it. On the other hand, there are setups across several brands, both external and internal, that because of cable length and cable routing are way easy to F up by exposing more post to a clampable length. Droppers are expensive and can seem to behave tempermentally, but the superstition surrounding them is helping nobody.
Snfoilhat mikekazimer's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 20:47
Jul 22, 2014
FINISHED: Yeti Cycles - Ask Us Anything
I don't understand the premise of slashnasty's question (aren't there already carbon bikes w/ low to mid level suspension and drivetrain builds? Aren't there already Al alloy framed bikes, sometimes even w/ 'simpler' suspension systems, to cater exactly to the crowd looking for a top-tier brand but at a lower price point?), but he's got enough props to indicate he's struck a nerve. Access is good for the sport. And so here's a follow-up to his question, for Yeti: I read recently in Bicycle Retailer that mountain bike and children's bike sales were down in 2013 compared to other segments (e.g. hybrid and road). Does Yeti, a dedicated MTB brand, feel it needs only to out-compete the other brands for a big enough piece of the MTB pie, however small the pie may be in any year, or is there some plan to grow the sport? Is it economical to adopt some new and perhaps expensive approach to getting people on bikes, or is that not the bike company's role? Not just the odd grant, but banging out pump tracks in urban areas. Not just the odd NICA sponsorship, but founding teams or partnering with dozens of community groups? I reallly want a place to ride, and so I volunteer at my local trails. Not everyone can do that. But you are some of the very few in the world who may have a profit motive to build trails. Is it going to happen? Thanks.
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