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hypermoto vernonfelton's article
Apr 19, 2016 at 17:38
Apr 19, 2016
I Say "E-bike", You Say... - Sea Otter 2016
@d-man: We do focus on actual issues, and by doing so have gained more access than ever before. Illegal trail use has been diminished by the building of more aggressive legal trails. We will continue focusing on those issues, but don't need a whole new issue upsetting hikers and equestrians when trail access is already delicate and hotly contested in our area.
hypermoto rachellefrazer's article
Apr 18, 2016 at 16:53
Apr 18, 2016
The Final Products and People - Sea Otter 2016
@ckcost: bingo, one of the most over looked 'small bikes' out there. 140 fork, short stem, wide bar, swap to a Monarch Plus if you really want something aggressive, it can handle way more than most 5 inch bikes.
hypermoto vernonfelton's article
Apr 18, 2016 at 16:41
Apr 18, 2016
I Say "E-bike", You Say... - Sea Otter 2016
@WAKIdesigns: That's all I'm doing for now, and hopefully it doesn't get ugly. As I said, I know they're fun, the increased range and ability to ride to a trail is fantastic. I'm not demonizing/judging anyone for their personal choice in activity, I'd like to see everyone coexist if possible.
hypermoto vernonfelton's article
Apr 18, 2016 at 14:40
Apr 18, 2016
I Say "E-bike", You Say... - Sea Otter 2016
@WAKIdesigns: I present a cold, politcal stance against E mtb bikes. E bikes on road I don't care about, we have huge hills in the Seattle area and more people would commute on e bikes, traffic is awful so more bikes the better. I make a living selling high end MTB and I'm in an area east of Seattle that has decent trail access, my primary concern is maintaining and expanding access so more people can buy and enjoy what I'm selling. As Jude from Magura stated, it is about money, but in my region e bikes could be a threat to the growth of the mtb community. Also, if you've been following the fight over bicycle access to designated Wilderness Areas, e bikes are another bullet in the clip of the Sierra Club and other anti mtb groups intent on limiting our access wherever possible.
hypermoto pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 12, 2016 at 15:26
Mar 12, 2016
hypermoto ChainReactionCycles's article
Feb 22, 2016 at 12:19
Feb 22, 2016
Sam Hill and Mike Jones Pre-Season Training - Video
Did Rankin film this? Had a Sprung/Earthed vibe, and I mean that as high praise
hypermoto mikelevy's article
Jan 23, 2016 at 13:21
Jan 23, 2016
An Update From Aaron Gwin
he's one of your drones in sector 7G, sir
hypermoto pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 23, 2015 at 13:01
Dec 23, 2015
Pinkbike Awards - Mountain Bike of The Year Nominees
I understand why it exists, and now that its a reality I can adapt or go under. Our economy is built on providing something cheaper than the other guy, but that raises a greater question of 'overall purchase value'. Does the better price come with a sacrifice in service/experience? To stay relevant the LBS has to provide something that mail-order/consumer direct brands can't. I still feel that both brand and consumer can potentially be better served by 'boots on the ground' versus 'drone strikes' through the mail/email if a shop executes properly. On a personal level I don't agree with the consumer direct model because fundamentally it goes against everything I've spent the last twelve years building, a true small business experience where the customer can trust the owner/employee implicitly. Professionally, I welcome any and all competition because at the end of the day I'm willing to bet on my people skills, my knowledge of the industry, my passion for riding, and the belief that the right bike with the right setup can truly change someone's life. Cheers
hypermoto pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 22, 2015 at 16:42
Dec 22, 2015
Pinkbike Awards - Mountain Bike of The Year Nominees
I'm not saying that its the only model, I see them as being able to coexist because there will always be consumers who know what they want or don't have a shop nearby that caters to their needs. But not all shops are the same, and I'd say the majority of consumers are not hard-core enthusiasts who follow the industry with a microscope (like a lot of Pinkbikers seem to). They need/want someone with experience and opinions to guide them through the purchase process. At my shop I specifically stock and recommend products that excel on our local trails, I don't just push whatever the latest trends are unless I've ridden them and feel they're worth it. Hell I still sell more 26" tires then any other size. I offer fully custom built bikes from the frame up, or you can do a complete package and I'll swap out whatever you want for something of equal value at no extra charge. Don't like the tires? No problem. Short stem/wide bar? Lets do it. Want to add a chainguide to a complete bike? Buy the part at a reduced cost, no charge for the install. Are you saying that YT will change out parts to tailor it for what you want? They going to switch you to Magic Mary's if you don't like High Roller 2's? Every brand has failures, how it gets handled makes all the difference. If you didn't buy your bike from a shop, then you're having to contact company/obtain RA (which can be a nightmare itself depending on the brand), disassemble, ship, then reassemble. That's a lot of time that most people who can afford a decent bike would prefer not to waste, if they are even capable of properly doing the work. Most consumers would rather bring it in, have it fixed free of charge, and pick it up when its ready. I have to eat the labor and shipping but that's part of the deal. Again, I never said LBS model is the only way. But its still the right choice for a lot of consumers and companies who are concerned with the quality of the process AND the product.
hypermoto pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 22, 2015 at 12:55
Dec 22, 2015
Pinkbike Awards - Mountain Bike of The Year Nominees
Because its directly opposed to the LBS model. I realize that there are many shops that don't care about MTB, but those that make it their focus can be a primary source of stoke/energy in a riding community. Being able to touch product, try on gear and test ride a bike are still big selling points. Local knowledge of trails, tires, gear and setup can make or break a customers riding experience. Having someone in your corner when you have a failure/warranty issue makes the process smooth and easy. This model is still the best way for a company to represent themselves to the consumer. The product will cost more but its not without its benefits.
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