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rupintart paulaston's article
Feb 19, 2015 at 16:21
Feb 19, 2015
rupintart RichardCunningham's article
Feb 19, 2015 at 16:20
Feb 19, 2015
Shimano’s Official Di2 XTR Launch
Great....something with a learning curve to shift and a screen that displays info. This is going to wreck havoc for the trails with all the wealthy posers that have a Garmin already taking their eyes off the trail. Thanks for that Shimano.
rupintart rachellefrazer's article
Feb 6, 2015 at 15:56
Feb 6, 2015
February Online Deals
Those Avid Code and Elixers should be free to whoever wants them...
rupintart briceshirbach's article
Feb 5, 2015 at 0:52
Feb 5, 2015
East Bound and Down: Beers + Bikes = Oskar Blues
It's sad "American beer" is considered as Miller, Coors, and Bud to the rest of the world....that would be like me saying "I don't like Irish beers cause I don't like Guiness..." That's just a completely ignorant statement to make. America probably has more and different beer than any other country with all these micro brews popping up. I'll put Du Claw Sweet Baby Jesus against any foreign porter out there... P.S. I LOVE Guiness.
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Jan 29, 2015 at 17:53
Jan 29, 2015
rupintart hopetech's article
Jan 27, 2015 at 9:25
Jan 27, 2015
Video: Making Hope Cranks
When I saw these pop-up a couple weeks ago, I was expecting to see a price tag of $600 USD minimum since it said Hope on it and was completely CNC'd. Seeing them at only $350 USD is pretty awesome. If I'll be honest though, while I absolutely LOVE Hope products, if I buy a set of "Made in the UK" cranks...they'll be Middleburns without even hesitating.
rupintart paulaston's article
Jan 26, 2015 at 11:27
Jan 26, 2015
Radon Slide Carbon 9.0 - Review
No....but the upfront costs of building a bicycle are insane, especially if you're talking carbon fiber. The cost of a quality carbon fiber mold is upwards of $100K and you need like 6 of those (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL.) If you go cheaper with AL, everybody wants hydro-formed stuff, which is also expensive. Steel? Well, you have to get creative (read: jack up the price so it's "boutique") and welding equipment isn't cheap either...Titanium is pricey just for the tubing, let alone the rest of the equipment to actually assemble/fabricate. It's rare today for people to go into business because they enjoy it. Everybody wants to become rich. The way to get rich? The largest profit margin possible, which means outsourcing or charging a massive premium for it being made "In the *insert your local country here*" If you want high quality locally made parts, you're going to pay for it. This doesn't stop in the bicycle industry either. Buying local fruits, veggies, and meat is often 1.5-2 times the price of big box prices. It's arguably better...but you're also paying for it.
rupintart RichardCunningham's article
Jan 24, 2015 at 14:11
Jan 24, 2015
Kali Maya Helmet - Review
^ That's what I was talking about. Video does that because you lose perspective that you get when actually being there. Ever have a friend take a video of you going down a trail or skiing/snowboarding? In person it feels like you're going damn near straight down, but on video it LOOKS flat. I've gone down some of the gnarlier stuff at Snowshoe and on video it was deeply depressing at how unimpressive it looked when I watched it. It didn't look fast or steep, despite my Garmin telling me I reached near 45 mph.
rupintart RichardCunningham's article
Jan 23, 2015 at 18:30
Jan 23, 2015
Kali Maya Helmet - Review
I think camera mounts on helmets are stupid. Any time you watch on-board footage it's WAAAAAAAYYYY less dramatic than it is in real life and usually pretty annoying to watch as the footage jostles around and is not steady. There's footy of TONS of pro's riding around with the helmet cams on and it gives absolutely no justice to what line /trail they did as you can't really scale it to anything. I mean even the canyon gap/backflip looks pretty unimpressive.....and that's about as extreme of footy as you can get.
rupintart paulaston's article
Jan 23, 2015 at 18:20
Jan 23, 2015
Radon Slide Carbon 9.0 - Review
The companies that profit most are the component companies. I've seen the price lists at a manufacturer level (i.e. what SRAM charges Trek, or what Shimano charges Cannondale), and it's not as profitable as you may think...actually, there's hardly at any room at all. The bike manufacturers make their money on their own products, and even at the mass scale, it's not THAT much. You guys act like it only cost the company $50 to make that Radon bike overseas. After manufacturing costs, shipping and taxes, they're barely making any money. That being said, I know Trek makes a KILLING on their products when they can afford to DEEPLY discount to their employees. The differences in the 4 pricing levels from Trek retail, to wholesale, to EP, to Trek employee pricing is absolutely MASSIVE. That company is just raking in cash. The smaller one's, mostly from the fact they don't get quantity discounts, is going to be nowhere near as profitable as you think.
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