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tehninjo0 RichardCunningham's article
Aug 6, 2013 at 7:19
Aug 6, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Is it the Rider or the Bike?
Your assumption that any given hardtail is to any given long travel bike what McDonald's is to a high end restaurant is wrong. The argument that 'being sentenced to a year of riding hard tail will make you a better rider' is premised on bikes of comparable price. Money saved on the suspension in this 'sentence' is money reallocated to better frame design, materials, and components.
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tehninjo0 mikelevy's article
Jun 7, 2013 at 13:38
Jun 7, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Have Bikes Become Too Complicated?
@Rockurshoxoff95 Shimano is the perfect example: Most (all?) of their truly innovative product features begin at the highest end of their component line (e.g. the clutch on XTR derailleurs or electronic shifting for DuraAce) and then trickle down to the lower tiered gear with 1-2 years delay. Two things allow for this: 1. Fast initial ROI from sales at a high markup (premium gear); and 2. Process improvements that lower production cost over time. Both of them require people to buy the high tier gear in the first place. Arguably, wider adoption of the product also lowers its perceived competitive advantage but this doesn't really become very relevant until much later when the product becomes standard on the more basic equipment tiers (e.g. SIS).
tehninjo0 mikelevy's article
Jun 3, 2013 at 10:45
Jun 3, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Have Bikes Become Too Complicated?
@mfbeast12 I hear you. Aesthetics are a huge component of our sport - for better or worse. However, as tech advances, you will see a reduction in the number of wires needed. What if one day your entire drivetrain could be electronic and wireless with a battery the size of a 9v block stuck somewhere to your downtube or chainstay, maybe? @Rockurshoxoff95 whether you like it or not, innovative tech always starts at the top of the line and then trickles down. That's just how it works. To say I don't want better tech for anybody else until I can afford to buy it for myself is a bit shortsighted mate. Others buying it before you is what makes it affordable to you in the first place.
tehninjo0 mikelevy's article
May 31, 2013 at 12:13
May 31, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Have Bikes Become Too Complicated?
I'm going to go out on a limb here and get myself voted below the threshold: As long as the electronics don't actually power my movement bring them on. Shocks that adjust to the terrain without me having to think about it? Hand em on over! Reliable Di2-style electronic shifting for my mountain bike? I will take some of that! A dropper post that can adjusts without a button? Yeah, that too please. Look, I'm all for a pure sport and whatnot but what defines the purity is how hard you charge that hill, not the technology you have to do it with. No electronic gizmo changes that. If you ride easier because you have more efficient suspension then that's your fault.
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