Getting too old to keep throwing myself about like a madman..... but that doesn't stop me doing it!

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orientdave mikekazimer's article
Jul 27, 2015 at 16:12
Jul 27, 2015
First Ride: 2016 RockShox Lyrik
Mike Levy I think wrote a piece a few months back about the ways in which the marketing departments are losing the trust of consumers, and I see another example of it here. From the above: "...riders won't need to change their hub configuration if they purchase a Lyrik" Except that according to RS.... "Based on what we received from Rockshox, the only hubs currently compatible with Torque Cap forks is the XO (front) and the stock hub on the Roam 40 wheelset." BIKE Magazine So, that suggests consumers won't need to change their hub configuration....only the hub?!
orientdave RichardCunningham's article
Jul 16, 2015 at 10:22
Jul 16, 2015
First Look: Felt 2016
Would I buy a 12,000 dollar bike? Nope; I'd spend 25% of that on a bike, then another 25% of it in the form of gas, highway fees, bike park fees and local trail association fees / trail maintenance tools and the other 50% on family trips and holidays. For everyone like me, there's someone who wouldn't think twice about dropping that kind of cash. If you must insist on XTR and Di2 then you have to pay the coin. As long as there is a bike there at a price point that suits you, don't insist people with more money can't spend whatever they want.
orientdave WAKIdesigns's article
Jul 12, 2015 at 17:53
Jul 12, 2015
May E-bikes heal you
"We project onto others traits that are in fact true to ourselves - and then attack them! " Ahh, married life. Right there. Both ways. "Trails are destroyed by traffic and poor braking skills, and that has always been and always will be done on all sorts of bikes." Excellent read Waki.
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Jul 7, 2015 at 8:54
Jul 7, 2015
First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari
It is a good read. Better than using your time on this thread.
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Jul 7, 2015 at 8:41
Jul 7, 2015
First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari
Absolutely, everyone's favorite Kirk, after the captain of course. One guy with a vision, one guy making tires and a couple of rim makers. Exactly deeeight. One guy with a vision and a couple of rim makers. It was a great opportunity staring the industry in the face. No-one asked the vast majority of riders (if you read the link I gave you, they'd all ask for Swan Lake again); no, dont for christ's sake ask the majority becuase they don't want innovation, they want more of the same. And that is why I am over being told that I, my mates, my mates' mates, my Japanese mates and my Japanese mates' mates demand for 650B was why it has taken over the industry. It wasn't us. It never was. It was Kirk, the visionary, his motivation and vision, and a bunch of industry owners/managers realizing there was an opportunity to educate the inertia laden masses. He has done us all a favour by shaking up the applecart, putting a "dink" in the universe (to paraphrase Steve Jobs), and led us kicking and screaming down the garden path to better bikes. We should all thank him for that; and all other similar innovators. The consumer is always the last to jump on the wagon; and most of the time needs to be co-erced into realising they need what the innovators have created. We all know that is how it works, so PLEASE, I am begging you, stop telling us it was us who asked. Have a good evening and enjoy the week. Look forward to reading other stuff in the future.
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Jul 7, 2015 at 8:11
Jul 7, 2015
First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari
Deeeight. You make good points on PB many times. I like reading your input. You made some good points in an earlier post about waiting to find what meets your needs; things come along eventually and we can pick up bargains. I picked up a 26 Pike earlier this year on clearance just for when my current forks die a death.... no disputing that. However, I am fed up of reading that the MTB industry is only "meeting the demands of the actual buyers spending real dollars". Is there really a perfectly balanced relationship in the MTB industry between the consumer and producer where the producer only makes what the customer wants after doing extensive consumer research? You, I and every sane minded person who has even a modicum of sense knows that it is not that open-and-shut simple. So, could I ask you a favour; you have every right to tell me to take a hike, but anyways, here goes. 1) Read this. http://www.helpscout.net/blog/why-steve-jobs-never-listened-to-his-customers/ 2) Then I'd be interested to hear your take on the following: "To what extent is innovation and product development in the MTB industry led by moving consumers emotionally to accept the innovations created by the product development team and to what extent is it led by research into consumer desires for new products" If you had the time, many here may be interested to find out your take on that.
orientdave mikelevy's article
Jul 7, 2015 at 1:38
Jul 7, 2015
1 Question - The Biggest Mistake That's Been Made In Mountain Biking
Ken Avery and RC's ideas hit home with me. As RC said, "..... as riders, we need to perceive ourselves as being part of the whole."... which becomes increasingly difficult the more the market is diversified and the more that increasingly marginal innovative standards are adopted piecemeal.. since this (in Ken's words).... ".... adds cost, as well as complexity, neither of which helps"..... producers or consumers alike. Mountain biking to me is grassroots; local races, mates' rides and general cameraderie. Recent movements in the industry are anything but promoting grassroots biking.
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 4, 2015 at 4:59
Jul 4, 2015
Results: World Cup DH Lenzerheide - Finals
286? Jesus! You still rock one of THOSE? Respect. Come on, who else here knows what iamamodel is on about?
orientdave mattwragg's article
Jul 3, 2015 at 3:51
Jul 3, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Mountain Safety
Agreed. I spent some time in Torridon, and The flows of Caithness and Sutherland... not a nice place to take a serious tumble.
orientdave SteelCityMedia's article
Jul 3, 2015 at 0:50
Jul 3, 2015
Video: Rat Tales
He's speaking "Ratboy".
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