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rupintart RichardCunningham's article
Jan 24, 2015 at 14:11
2 days
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
3 days
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
3 days
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.
rupintart paulaston's article
Jan 19, 2015 at 14:23
Jan 19, 2015
Radon Slide Carbon 9.0 - Review
So, in Hungary, how much is an XO equipped Cannondale? Santa Cruz? Trek? It's in the millions...like 3+ million So to be able to get a bike for 1 million puts things into a better perspective. That's TWO MILLION less. Like Darkstar said, it's relative. In the Philippines, everybody in my family there thinks I'm super rich because 1 US dollar is 45 Pesos. But that's not MY FAULT I live in an economy where my currency is stronger than yours/theirs. Hell, by that logic, ALL the people in the UK are RICH because when I go there I can barely afford to eat and go out. It's just the way the world works. Don't rag on the corporation's pricing (which is far lower than everybody elses) because of your country's economy. $4500 for that much on a carbon bike is a GREAT deal and compared to other brands, it's definitely MORE affordable.
rupintart paulaston's article
Jan 19, 2015 at 8:45
Jan 19, 2015
Radon Slide Carbon 9.0 - Review
It's still smooth, but it's not as stiff as a World Cup. That one-piece carbon crown did a whole lot for that fork. Actually, all of the WC forks are quite a bit stiffer than their non-WC counterparts. I would have never known it would have been that much of a difference had I not gotten the one I had at a ridiculously good deal. I thought it was more flashy than anything...but no, it's huge. That carbon crown really works.
rupintart paulaston's article
Jan 19, 2015 at 8:00
Jan 19, 2015
Radon Slide Carbon 9.0 - Review
$4485 isn't affordable??? Are you kidding? You're getting a Pike with a Monarch and XO on a carbon frame, as compared to a comparable spec'd *insert brand here*, the Radon is $2-3K cheaper....Sometimes you guys want whine (yes, that was on purpose) at a water prices....it will never happen. This bike could be $1500 and then everybody would be complaining about why the price is too low.
rupintart paulaston's article
Jan 19, 2015 at 7:58
Jan 19, 2015
Radon Slide Carbon 9.0 - Review
Revelation World Cup. Until you've ridden one, you will not believe at how much of a difference that carbon crown makes in terms of tracking, stability and overall stiffness. I'm not even sure why it shares the same name as a regular Revelation which is pretty flexy and not as smooth. The world cup is butter. Looks pretty tits too.
rupintart mikelevy's article
Jan 5, 2015 at 18:35
Jan 5, 2015
Salsa Bucksaw - Review
The grass is fatter on the other side.
rupintart mikelevy's article
Jan 5, 2015 at 14:26
Jan 5, 2015
Salsa Bucksaw - Review
People who hate on fat bikes have never ridden one for any real length of time. Sure, they're slow and unpractical most of the time, but so are monster trucks....and you never see those guys with a frown on their face when they're rolling over everything.
rupintart mikelevy's article
Jan 5, 2015 at 13:44
Jan 5, 2015
Salsa Bucksaw - Review
"it takes away the feeling of overcoming a difficult obstacle" Says the people who ride 160+ mm travel bikes on trails that really only necessitate a hard tail. If you want to cry about feeling accomplished on your trails and going faster, go ride a fully rigid single speed bike and do faster laps. THEN you have right to say "it takes away the difficult...and sense of accomplishment..." nonsense. It's not always about the difficulty, it's about putting that smile on your face because it was like a cheat code to get over obstacles that were previously un-fun to ride over.
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