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David-S mikelevy's article
Jan 8, 2013 at 20:40
Jan 8, 2013
Did Gwin Breach His Contract With Trek World Racing?
Glad to see Specialized decided to keep Mitch on the WorldCup circuit, he deserves the opportunity. To create drama at the races, promoters will assign Specialized pits next to TWR pits. Curious what will happen to the ODI, Trek satellite team headed up by Rich Houseman, with some involvement from Gwin. Also will Gwin will get a new mechanic or if he'll take Moose with him.
David-S IanHylands's article
Jun 2, 2012 at 9:57
Jun 2, 2012
Val di Sole Qualifying - UCI World Cup 2012
Protected = gets to race regardless of qualifying position or attendance. Why qualify? - points earned count towards overall standings. Also, serves as a practice run with a bit of pressure against the clock with a (in theory) clear course in front of you.
David-S RichardCunningham's article
Feb 17, 2012 at 7:22
Feb 17, 2012
First Look: 2013 X-Fusion - Oversized, 34mm Trail Forks, Slippery Coatings and a Wild-Looking XC Shock
I like that Pinkbike went and hit up Marzocchi, X-Fusion and Fox recently. I know this is a sneak-peek write-up but the writing style concerns me. Reads just like a press-release, which was a criticism of "Mountain Bike Action". When you (Pinkbike) get some ride time and do a more in-depth write-up, please be objective. I'm starting to seriously consider X-Fusion (which I never would've just about a year ago). I hope some demo days come up so I can try it for myself.
Feb 2, 2012 at 7:21
Feb 2, 2012
Dave, I read your comment on the Intense Carbine SL. That's a crying shame a business like Intence Cycles can't get a helping hand from your Fed govnt. Have you explored the possibilities of Canadian carbon manufacturing and tooling?
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David-S ScottSharples's article
Jan 19, 2012 at 14:08
Jan 19, 2012
Intense Carbine SL Released
Another vouching that the 3X10 set-up is the majority and makes sense. Remember Intense is located in Southern California, meaning lots of fire road climbs and unfortunately sometimes even fire road descents to get to the best downhills. Much of the single track in the Santa Ana mountains (located right by Intense) have tons of trails that dictate long pedals, but don't require much travel, nor chain ring protection (bash guard). A perfect example would be the San Juan Trail or Skin Suit. Skin Suit in particular rewards a relatively slack/stable bike without the need for much travel. I'm not saying I disagree with those who feel it should have ISCG tabs. I personally like to run a double with a bash, most rides being a long meander uphill to a payoff downhill reward. I'm just giving the 3x10 crowd a lil back-up. Remember, here (Southern California) we don't have any where near as many rocks/roots/logs or mud as most of the rest of the world. I know Intense bikes are sold worldwide, but Jeff Steber and crew seem to design bikes that rock on the terrain right on the terrain right at home. Intense caters to their home market, just as Morewood, Orange and others do theirs.
David-S ScottSharples's article
Jan 17, 2012 at 9:14
Jan 17, 2012
Intense Carbine SL Released
Per Intense Cycles Blog - http://www.intensecycles.com/engage/ The next generation of intense “Part 2″ October 30th, 2011 by Mr_Intense Part 2 ” Pass me a cry towel ” Believe me when we decided 2 years ago, as we started seeing carbon pushing high end aluminum down stream, my first goal was to produce it in the USA. My good friend Jason from then ENVE and I thought we could do it and what a great story that would be for both of us. 6 months later the hard facts as our made in America Carbon frame would have to retail for $1000.00 more than the competition to cover the costs of the middle man doing the manufacturing.The decision was made based on the domestic trends and new buying habits that this would not work. It would work if we produced it ourselves in our factory as we do with our high end aluminum but we had $ invested years into building our facility to produce aluminum and the casts to tool up for Carbon well forget it. I decided to try an lobby for any programs avil to help us capitalize such a venture and set up a production cell for producing Carbon frames in our factory. Remember my brain says build not buy , but thats another story.I started local , chamber of commerce, county EDC, State , Federal, pretty much a waste of time for small companies our size. My wife & I even sent several letters explaining our dream & situation to President Obama, very frustrating not getting a response not even from an intern, time for the cry towel. During all this we had decided we could make our aluminum factory work if it could become more efficient and started to introduced LEAN manufacturing principals to improve capacity , QC, overhead etc. and this has been working well and is a process of constant improvement. We have started seeing the fruits of this direction and as stated earlier our Aluminum $ MSRP’s are in line or better than most in our class.
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