RichardCunningham

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RichardCunningham paulaston's article
Jun 21, 2015 at 15:54
Jun 21, 2015
Scott Launch 27.5" Plus Bikes
Not so ridiculous, bogey. Like cycling, the auto industry changes often, reqjuires extraordinary levels off knowledge from average employees, and it is extremely price competitive. The formula of success, however, is simple: Have it in stock, or have it waiting for the customer by the next morning - that is the automotive model - and that is why we still buy auto parts from retailers, even if we can find the same part for significantly less on line. Bike shops are fortunate that there are so few SKUs in our industry and that customers have been "trained" to expect a lower level of support from the average bicycle retailer. New tire and wheel standards should be viewed as additional opportunities for retailers to sell product - and we should expect more from the average bike retailer, not be making excuses for the performance gap between their parts counters and what you would find at an average auto parts store.
RichardCunningham paulaston's article
Jun 19, 2015 at 11:21
Jun 19, 2015
Scott Launch 27.5" Plus Bikes
serbdog: Visit an automotive tire store and then repeat that phrase. Bike shops have no cause to complain about SKUs, at least as far as tires and wheels are concerned.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jun 17, 2015 at 9:22
Jun 17, 2015
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review
South Mountain is very much like my home trails. Morsas should work well there.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jun 16, 2015 at 20:41
Jun 16, 2015
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review
I reviewed the bike with the Ardent (R) and HRII (F). Using an Ardent on the front where I do most of my riding would require much courage. I threw on the Vittorias afterwards to evaluate them. The ones I have are team issue only - super sticky. The weather was deteriorating and we were pressed for time, so I left them on when we shot the bike. Morsa tires are pretty rare... I was curious if the PB detectives would recognize them. Nothing gets past them, it seems.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jun 16, 2015 at 11:02
Jun 16, 2015
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review
Not to worry, Beardless in Marin: I was once an XC and Marathon racer (although I try to keep that on the down-low here on PB). I threw the sticky tires on late in the review to boost the fun factor. Glad I did ;-)
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jun 16, 2015 at 10:48
Jun 16, 2015
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review
Mecabeat^^^ Good point and point taken. I wasn't born yesterday, however, and I would not have run this review if I had any reservations about the custom build. Beyond being lighter weight, the standard Pivot Di2 build (http://www.pivotcycles.com/bike/mach-4-carbon/#kits) is not going to produce significantly different results. The key differences would be its Reynolds carbon wheels (a Pivot upgrade), lack of a dropper post, a Maxxis Ardent tire up front, and some different cockpit items. To put the review in perspective, I also have extensive time on the original Mach 4 and all of the components in the standard Di2 build. I am a veteran 24-hour racer and as such, have a firm grasp on the performance and purpose of the Mach 4. The PB audience is heavily biased towards the technical side of the sport and as such, I wrote this piece in the hope that readers would appreciate that Pivot's showcase XC/trailbike could fulfill both roles at the highest level.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jun 15, 2015 at 18:51
Jun 15, 2015
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review
The frame has internal routing. It's a custom build, thus the Fox post.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jun 15, 2015 at 17:38
Jun 15, 2015
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review
Complete builds range from underr $5000. Di2 pushes the price way up.
RichardCunningham PabloAM's photo
Jun 14, 2015 at 12:13
Jun 14, 2015
Nicely done.

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