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timrippeth mongoosebikes's article
Apr 24, 2015 at 10:12
1 days
Contest: Win Chris Akrigg's Pro Build Mongoose
How cool would it be if Chris delivered the bike to the winner and then went out for a ride with him/her on a local trail?
timrippeth mongoosebikes's article
Apr 24, 2015 at 10:10
1 days
Contest: Win Chris Akrigg's Pro Build Mongoose
Well they did just fire 2,200 workers due to "plumbing issues" and closed 5 US stores for "extended repairs". So it looks like they have freed up a little capital to jump into the high end bike market. It's probably just a coincidence that at least one of these stores had an employee group organizing and protesting for higher livable wages.
Apr 24, 2015 at 9:30
1 days
timrippeth mongoosebikes's article
Apr 24, 2015 at 8:14
1 days
Contest: Win Chris Akrigg's Pro Build Mongoose
Mongoose has been around for decades. It is one of the OGs of the BMX racing scene and one of the innovators of racing in those early days. People were tripping over themselves to be on a Mongoose as they developed the "modern" BMX bikes in the mid-1970s. The company's business model has changed but now it makes bikes that allow people an entry point into riding. Most people seem to have a problem with Walmart and all product they sell. The problem isn't with Mongoose. If those entry level bikes were sold by a retailer that people had more respect for, the hate would be way less. Guaranteed. Most of you who are complaining, are complaining about nothing more than the fact that Mongoose is carried by Walmart and markets budget bikes so people can get on two wheels. Do you haters really think that Watts, Montgomery, and Akrigg ride Walmart bikes? The Teocali shares design and engineering with lots of other 4 bar frames that people drool over because of the company name. If a person can't get past the label on the frame to actually look at the quality of this bike that is being given away, then that is a personal issue. If this same exact bike had a boutique brand name on it, the responses here would be completely different. This bike is legit, and I would happily ride it. Winning a bike speced the same as one ridden by one of the most creative riders on the planet would definitely make for a cool story to share. All bikes are awesome for someone. On second thought, you are right. This bike is terrible. You probably shouldn't enter to win it.
timrippeth RichardCunningham's article
Apr 23, 2015 at 7:29
2 days
Under the Radar at Sea Otter
Racing a 3 year old bike??? And winning? That is heresy. Just wait until the industry hears about this.
timrippeth Margus's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 10:49
Apr 20, 2015
DH Photo Epic - Sea Otter 2015
Sea Otter Whip Contest in the future? Seems like just the kind of event for that sort of thing.
timrippeth mikekazimer's article
Apr 18, 2015 at 15:15
Apr 18, 2015
Hardtails, Helmets, and More - Sea Otter 2015
Had one for a short time. I think that thing weighed twice as much as the frame I had it on. In between rebuilds there were lots of nose heavy landings as it dragged me and my bike down the mountain. Some parts were awfully sketchy back in the day. It's a wonder some of us "old" survivid and stuck with thw sport.
timrippeth mikekazimer's article
Apr 18, 2015 at 15:06
Apr 18, 2015
Hardtails, Helmets, and More - Sea Otter 2015
Leachie8 you are spot on. I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the idea that my 2013 RM Slayer rolling on 26" wheels with a 20 mm front axle and a 1x10 drive train is considered outdated by the industry in April 2015. I don't hate on any of the new sizes and standards. My budget certainly helps me filter the hype.
timrippeth Margus's article
Apr 17, 2015 at 9:47
Apr 17, 2015
Enduro Photo Epic - Sea Otter 2015
The Otter is a bike festival/trade show with some fan and amateur friendly racing. It's more about the quality of the whole event than the quality of the tracks.
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