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elbandido77 zumzumbikes's article
Dec 16, 2014 at 0:47
Dec 16, 2014
Zum Zum Balance Bikes - Steve Peat Helping Make Pushbikes for Kids
If @BRUMBRUMBIKE's story is true, and I don't know that it definitely is, there are smarter ways of playing this than a flamewar on pinkbike. Whatever their credentials (or otherwise) as product designers, Zumzum seem to be doing a good job of the marketing side of things. They have a celebrity endorsement and a kickstarter campaign that is already doing well. Wouldn't it make more sense to let your lawyers win you a fair percentage of their business? If that's not possible, due to some technicality or other, then their kickstarter campaign (if successful) will have at least validated the market for this product, and will give you a good base to raise investment, target markets zumzum hasn't reached and possibly sell out to big toy corps before them. I guess what I'm saying is that it might not be best to publicly shoot them down at this stage. If you're in the right (and again we have to take your word for it) then isn't it in your interests for them to get as big as possible?
elbandido77 zumzumbikes's article
Dec 15, 2014 at 6:37
Dec 15, 2014
Zum Zum Balance Bikes - Steve Peat Helping Make Pushbikes for Kids
I don't know the specifics but if they have copied you they've got to market very quickly. It's tough if that happened, and you have my sympathies, but it doesn't seem unfeasible that other people had the same idea, especially as you haven't been in the public domain that long. I work in computer software and tried my own dotcom startup project a couple of years ago with, what I thought was a very unique idea, but once it went live it turned out that probably hundreds of other people were developing similar concepts, I even discovered a guy who lives 10 miles away who had built a similar idea. How do you really know they've copied you?
elbandido77 zumzumbikes's article
Dec 15, 2014 at 6:25
Dec 15, 2014
Zum Zum Balance Bikes - Steve Peat Helping Make Pushbikes for Kids
Don't have kids myself, but in the UK Islabikes seem to be the go to brand for adult mtbers who want to get their kids a decent bike http://www.islabikes.co.uk/ You see them all the time if you go to a trail centre or a race, so they must be doing something right
elbandido77 mmatthews's article
Dec 14, 2014 at 6:59
Dec 14, 2014
Mark Matthews Launches Online Fundraiser
@Iain-mac1 your last comment highlights why Red Bull already has too big a role in MTB. The sport shouldn't be dependent on any one sponsor and we shouldn't have to be grateful to them for what they've "done for us". They haven't done anything for fans of the sport, they've backed athletes and events that can generate good advertising for their brand. It's just a coincidence that this sometimes benefits us as fans. They're not doing it for us, and when it doesn't make financial sense for them to be involved they'll take off anyway.
elbandido77 mikekazimer's article
Dec 12, 2014 at 3:42
Dec 12, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Are You Plagued By Flat Tires?
You need to add another option: Random difficult to diagnose problem with "more reliable" tubeless set up
elbandido77 natedh9's article
Dec 9, 2014 at 5:41
Dec 9, 2014
Pinkbike Awards: Female Gravity Racer of the Year Nominees
Yep Anne Caro is a bloody legend. Her brains vs brawn take down of Shanaze in the Olympic BMX final was a work of genius. Manon gets my vote for 2014 though
elbandido77 scottmorris's article
Dec 7, 2014 at 4:02
Dec 7, 2014
The Longest Singletrack Tour Ever - Continental Divide Trail
Great work and thanks for documenting it. Having only ever done 2 day trips I'd be interested in your kit list
elbandido77 lindapaluc's article
Dec 2, 2014 at 0:57
Dec 2, 2014
Video: A Girl and Her Bike are a Wonderful Thing - Part 3
Yep, I don't like that it's meant to be a novelty. "Oooh look there's a girl on a bike!" There are loads of woman mountain bikers and many of them are properly fast. It's not really a novelty at all (though apparently it is for a lot of PB users!)
elbandido77 lindapaluc's article
Dec 2, 2014 at 0:49
Dec 2, 2014
Video: A Girl and Her Bike are a Wonderful Thing - Part 3
"Please go film ACC, missy!! or one of the top wc girls!" +1. There are hardly any Anne Caro films, she's one of the best riders to watch regardless of gender.
elbandido77 mikekazimer's article
Dec 2, 2014 at 0:43
Dec 2, 2014
Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees
Like everyone says, Process and Capra have had nothing but good press. Also Canyon strive has had a lot of good reviews. And spesh enduro/stumpy which are both available in "affordable" builds (my "bottom of the range" stumpy is still my most extravagant purchase ever!) Why not include bikes from a range of prices and let the more affordable options fight it out with the super bikes? There's no point giving an award dedicated exclusively to these kind of bikes, they're clearly all amazing. I liked it a couple of years ago when MBR mag in the UK gave their bike of the year award to the Voodoo Bizango hardtail you can buy from Halfords for £500. Obviously, in terms of raw performance, it wasn't a better bike than the high end stuff elsewhere on the shortlist, but a decent cheap bike is still something to shout about. No one is saying that PB should stop reviewing Kitsbow shorts and Enve wheels, but accusations that you're not very consumer focused are well placed IMO.
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