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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.
hypermoto RideDirtWake's article
Dec 15, 2015 at 13:08
Dec 15, 2015
Australian Nationals, Round 2: Mt Stromlo - DH Finals
Stock up on canned food and ammo, Kovarik clipped in is a sure sign of the Apocalypse
hypermoto rachellefrazer's article
Dec 10, 2015 at 11:56
Dec 10, 2015
How Richie Rude Taught Me the Art of Acceptance
Yup, always need a hardtail or short-travel ripper in the stable to keep the mellow trails interesting. I have a Blur TR alloy 26" bike that is an absolute riot on medium stuff, and I still have a Chromag Sakura 26" steel hardtail for when I really want to make basic singletrack challenging. You can't change the terrain where you live, but you can pick the right tool for maximizing the fun/sketchy factor.
hypermoto pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 2, 2015 at 10:01
Dec 2, 2015
Is That A Five Inch Travel 29er - Video
Mmm, current AND funny! Nice work
hypermoto evil-bikes's article
Oct 15, 2015 at 16:05
Oct 15, 2015
Video: Meet the Evil Insurgent
I was Luke's mechanic for many years, trust me he can make a shopping cart look good in the corners
hypermoto mikekazimer's article
Oct 14, 2015 at 19:16
Oct 14, 2015
Cam Zink's Custom YT Tues CF - Red Bull Rampage 2015
I still run a 26" too. But you guys do realize that a 2.7 Kenda 26" tire is damn near identical in overall diameter as a 2.5 Maxxis 27.5" tire, right?
hypermoto mattwragg's article
Oct 9, 2015 at 15:19
Oct 9, 2015
Techwalk: Roc D'Azur 2015
Oxide Cycles found a way around the issue on their Battleaxe, and they build by hand too. Good pivot position, fully active, Rohloff hub. They could probably do belt drive it you wanted. You just have to work the problem. Check this thing out: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cGCm551KHNI/Ux5Yy2p1nSI/AAAAAAAADL0/32BG4hcE9Jw/s1600/Oxide_Battleaxe_wholebike_main.jpg
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