Nov 20, 2015 at 21:10Nov 20, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Should a Top DH Racer Be Paid?
What's a few beers? Less than drinking a few energy drinks on race day, that's for sure. I'm not disagreeing with you, just pointing out that the calories in beer wouldn't be anything for anything for these athletes to handle the next day. The moto guys may know they that they have more eyes on them, if you will, and are more wary about what could happen if they were caught up in something while intoxicated. Also, unless you are involved in cycling outside DH, you may not know that the cycling industry/community is VERY big with craft beers, more-so than any industry I know of. So there's lots more of breweries sponsoring races/events than in the moto world. This also taps into the average age of the viewers. There's lots more underage viewers of MX than DH racing, that may play a part too on the sponsors side for what's expected of the athlete. Again, not disagreeing at all here, just another viewpoint.
Nov 20, 2015 at 20:49Nov 20, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Should a Top DH Racer Be Paid?
Knowing how little a big manufacturer makes off of DH bike sales, it's blatantly obvious that a big name DH team/athlete can increase bike sales noticeably. A few percent is a big deal! That said and as much as I hate to admit it, I feel like DH racing is all for show. Can Gwin win on a Specialized and a Trek? Yes. Can the Athertons win on a Commencal, a GT, and a Trek? Yes. Does the bike really have THAT much to do with the win in a three minute race that's won by tenths of a second? No. IMO they keep these teams around because there are a few dozen people in the world that have super human skills on DH bikes that can help sell said bikes to the general public. How many people watch UCI road cycling vs UCI DH mtb? it's got to be around 10x, maybe 20x more people watching the road stuff. Just look at the sponsors for road teams vs the sponsors for DH teams. I won't start listing examples of the big names and BANKS that sponsor road teams because I'm tired and have had a few too many F5's from Coop (amazing IPA for those of you that don't know it). My point is that sponsors know that the number of road bikes sold by a company is vastly greater than the number of DH/long travel bikes sold by a company and they want to support the sport with the most viewers and the bikes that get the most sales. Now, where am I going with all of this? MOUNTAINS of course. How many people that ride bikes have great access to real DH trails or bike parks? It's a fairly small percentage of cyclists and that really dictates how many DH rigs are sold in a year by a manufacturer. How many road bikes are sold by a manufacturer in that same year almost regardless of the geographic area? I'm willing to bet it's at LEAST 4-5x as many bikes. Now you may be asking, "Why is this drunk fool talking about road bikes vs DH instead of SX vs DH as the article is?". Well, because I feel that comparing SX to DH is like comparing F1 to Nascar, how many people in the US pay attention to F1? Not enough unfortunately, but how many pay attention to Nascar? Too many! I feel SX to DH is fairly unfair and the comparison between road and DH is a much more accurate representation for the idea trying to be conveyed by this article, seeing as how it's a much closer comparison brand-wise and the payouts are almost as unequal. Therefore, why do I feel that a successful pro DH athlete should be making $200,000 USD a year vs the $1,000,000 that a successful pro road cyclist makes? Because the sport of DH simply cannot sell enough bikes for the company to set aside a certain percentage for every bicycle sold to go to their salary. My argument here doesn't tap into the human desire to watch things that require a short attention span and have much more serious risk involved. That's an entirely different can of worms that I'm sure someone else here has opened. Simply put, humans are in it to watch people get hurt and SX riders get hurt more and it's easier to watch it in a few minutes so it gets MUCH more attention; therefore people enjoy watching it more and Red Bull knows that. I'm hitting "submit" without proofreading this for more than two seconds so let's hope it's not that bad.
ihartmybike raceface's article
Nov 16, 2015 at 16:53Nov 16, 2015
Contest: Who is Chester?
I heard that Chester can actually ride his bike with no handlebars..
May 22, 2015 at 21:26May 22, 2015
EWS Tech - Enduro World Series, Round 2 - Wicklow
I'm more interested in EWS tool checks.. that Yeti mech has good taste, Knipex is the best.
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Feb 21, 2015 at 18:51Feb 21, 2015
Feb 21, 2015 at 18:49Feb 21, 2015
Selling a brand new Fox CTD Factory series shock with Boost Valve remote, yes this comes with the remote and it works on either side of the bar. Shock is 6.5x1.5" or roughly 165x38mm. I'll get into more details about that below. This was originally for a 2015 Trek Superfly FS (previously known as Superfly 100), and would work very well right out of the box any Superfly it fits on. However, if you're riding something different and the tune on this shock is either too firm or too soft, you could simply get it re-tuned by various suspension service centers (preferably Fox) according to what you'd like. This shock retails for $470, and the remote for $100. I'm looking for $400, this is the lowest price I've been able to find for this shock online so far. Amazon sells it for $550. I won't give you a list of every bike this fits on, but to give you an idea it's the smallest size this shock is made in and is for an XC rig, probably 100mm of travel. However, I can give you a list of all the Trek bikes this will fit on. Again though, this is tuned for a Superfly FS/100 but might be great on some other bikes, it all depends on the way the linkage is laid out in the frame (think leverage). That said, here's a list of the more common Trek bikes this will fit in. 2005-2012 Top Fuel - all models 2013 Superfly SL - all carbon models. NOT ALUMINUM MODELS 2014-2015 Superfly - all models There's a few other models from the early 2000's and late 90's that use this same size shock, so if you have a Trek FS bike that you don't see here but think it may use this shock, just PM me and I can check for you. You may need different eyelet hardware for this, which should be available through your LBS. If you don't have any idea what hardware you'll need for this shock, again, PM me and I can check for you. I'll try to reply the same day but please be patient if I don't. I'll only take Paypal for this as you can imagine and I won't take returns. Just PM me with any questions and I'd be happy to answer them, however I can't tell you if it will fit in a non-Trek bike. There are plenty of non-Trek models out there that use this shock I just can't verify it, for instance I believe the Santa Cruz Superlight uses it as well as the Rocky Mountain Element, but it's up to you to verify that stuff.
ihartmybike wileskws's article
Nov 30, 2014 at 7:15Nov 30, 2014
Mountain Biking in the Midwest
Great trails for sure! But the Midwest has so much more to offer, mostly along the lines of trail/AM riding. I'd love to see Pinkbike do more features based in the Midwest, or really any areas of the country that don't get the spotlight nearly often enough.
ihartmybike RichardCunningham's article
May 30, 2014 at 8:07May 30, 2014
First Look: Shimano XTR Di2 Electric Shifting
This wasn't supposed to be out until Monday O_O but hey I'm excited!! Looks sweet, but not for me.
ihartmybike ambatt's article
May 1, 2014 at 18:29May 1, 2014
Opinion: How To Save Downhill Racing
I want to see Gwin and Atherton on the Red Bull cans. I want to see Hill on the Monster commercials. Show him with his arms around the Monster girls after he wins, you get the idea. I've wondered for YEARS now why this isn't happening. A Downhill race only takes a few hours, play it on espn for god's sake instead of f#cking sports center! Hell even do a replay of it during the week when there are no games on or something. This really isn't rocket science and we could easily make this the talk of the dinner table for some families.
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