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robwhynot mikekazimer's article
Jun 30, 2015 at 15:38
Jun 30, 2015
First Look: Trek Debuts 3 New Bikes for 2016
The Damone is a super comfy bike with that separated seat tube, smart move bringing that to the race HT XC category.
robwhynot mikelevy's article
Jun 25, 2015 at 11:03
Jun 25, 2015
Marzocchi is Dead, Long Live Marzocchi
If bought, my money is on an investment company that sees potential and value in the patents, R&D, etc but feel they can get the company below market value, build in profitability and then flip it 5-7 yrs. I highly doubt you will see a current MTB company buy MZ at this time. it will be an investor or a private buy-out (likely by management). That said, I'd love to see a bike manu pick them up and totally change the game in MTB. Giant, certainly has the resources, could then have Giant branded forks and offer high end performance at a lower price with better margins.
robwhynot mikekazimer's article
Jun 25, 2015 at 10:51
Jun 25, 2015
GT Bicycles 2016 - First Look
Zaskar was the do it al bike back in the day so glad it is still in production… I still crank out a few miles each year on my 1999.
robwhynot paulaston's article
Jun 19, 2015 at 8:05
Jun 19, 2015
Fabric Cageless Water Bottle - First Look
"externally insulated bottles" = cold beer on social rides :)
robwhynot paulaston's article
Jun 18, 2015 at 13:24
Jun 18, 2015
Scott Launch 27.5" Plus Bikes
My 2.4" tires on 26" rims measure 27.25" tall and 2.6" at the widest point. So what's the actual measurements of 27plus, a fat 29er?
robwhynot pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 14, 2015 at 11:28
Jun 14, 2015
Results: UCI World Cup DH, Leogang - Finals 2015
I can't believe show steep DH tracks are, -18% average grade over 2.5km. Nutso.
robwhynot RichardCunningham's article
Jun 11, 2015 at 10:49
Jun 11, 2015
Opinion: Numerology and the Demise of Eleven Speed
The article has merit. The same principle applies in many industries, but I believe it is more related to the product development cycle than numerology. Marketing is always pushing for innovation, but good, true innovation takes time. So often things are pushed to market before they're fully ready, then after being released, they get refined and the next iteration is substantially better. Version 1 - pretty good, but we had to get something out the door. Version 2 - rock solid, a refined model of version 1. Version 3 - half baked attempt at innovation, Version 4 refines the rushed release and gets it right. As for bikes, I still ride a 8spd bike, 2 9's and now a 10. The 9's are constantly requiring tinkering to work properly. Whereas the 10 needs only occasional adjustment… but I don't think I have adjusted or even serviced the 8spd in years and it runs the smoothest of all my bikes.
robwhynot redbullbike's article
Jun 11, 2015 at 10:12
Jun 11, 2015
Red Bull Rampage is BACK
I think you are all grossly underestimating the cost of insurance in America for competitive extreme sports athletes. Few offer it, and those that do charge a lot for coverage.
robwhynot redbullbike's article
Jun 11, 2015 at 7:55
Jun 11, 2015
Red Bull Rampage is BACK
Redbull won't provide direct medical coverage for athletes because they are title sponsor for dozens if not 100s of extreme sports events. Rampage is only one event in a massive roster. The economics of their sponsorship in extreme sports would change dramatically if they were to cover medical expenses. Read: the high risk events, like Rampage, would probably go away. Now, the counter argument to this is that because they run so many events they probably could hold and offer an insurance policy for all participants that enter their events and, as a group plan, offer very affordable one-time coverage for participants to voluntarily purchase if they wish. The athletes are the product here, and helping them stay healthy to continue to perform is somewhat in Redbull's interest. Most insurance for sports travel explicitly do not cover professional activities or competition, requiring an additional, much, much more expensive policy for the riders to buy on an one-on-one basis. Redbull could, at little cost to them, help participants access affordable event insurance.
robwhynot RichardCunningham's article
Jun 11, 2015 at 7:26
Jun 11, 2015
1 Question - What Product, Event or Trend has had the Greatest Effect Upon the Sport this Millennium?
I like Cam's response but would go with Crankworx over Rampage. CWorx laid the path for FMB, forced manu's to build lighter, more capable and trickable bikes, spawned the birth of countless bike parks modelled after Whistler, is the genesis event for mainstream TV coverage and has allowed a number of otherwise known riders to make a splash on the big stage. WBP was so far ahead of the curve with this comp (now festival) and it had tremendous impact on the industry and community.
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