February 2018 - Good Month or Bad Month?

Mar 2, 2018
by Vernon Felton  


Remy Morton returns from serious injury.

Australian rider Remy Morton overshot a jump at Loosefest last July. The wreck took a serious toll on Morton, who sustained broken ribs, punctured lungs (yes, both of them), a broken collarbone, dislocated hip, and a broken neck.

Despite all that, this video (at right) showed up in February, revealing Morton to be back in fine form. If you don’t feel something akin to warm and fuzzy whilst watching it, you might want to check to see if you have a pulse.
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It's that time of the year when secret prototypes stop being secret

Reigning World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin YT Mob Red Bull turned heads during Saturday s downhill practice taking numerous runs on a cloaked test bike. He did not race on Sunday.
Sometimes you have to look hard to find the protos. Other times? Not so much.
It's that time of the year when racers start putting new products to the test—products the general public is not meant to see quite yet. That was likely the case when keen eyes spotted Aaron Gwin running a...Wait, what the hell was that shifter thing on his handlebar in his Instagram post? Mike Levy figured it was a clicker courtesy of Box Components. Gwin himself chimed in to say "Nope, it's not Box"...though we still don't know who's handicraft it actually is. And then there was that heretofore unseen BlackBox-labeled RockShox Lyrik that photographer Dave Trumpore snapped images of during the Andes Pacifico enduro race. Or the 29er Norco DH bike that Sam Blenkinsop was spotted with at New Zealand National Champs.

And let's not forget Wyn Masters' prototype GT downhill bike. We could go on and on. Then again, sometimes companies want you to know they are working on something LighterStifferRadder, but want to maintain a sense of suspense. Consider the carefully arranged flirtation that was Aaron Gwin riding a cloaked bike at Southridge.

Artisan Beards and Bikes

Handmade Bike Show delivers the goods.

Look, 99.9 percent of the bikes you'll see on this site have the name of a major brand on their downtubes. And there's nothing wrong with that. Big brands often employ massive teams of engineers and designers to create some truly stunning, state of the art rigs. But there's something to be said for the little guy—the lone craftsman creating a bike that is as much a vehicle for motion, as it is a vehicle for artistic expression.

NAHBS, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, is the epicenter of North America's custom bike building world. Or, at the very least, the big annual party where the shiniest, prettiest bikes are brought together, beards are stroked and craft beer consumed.
NAHBS 2018 Ascari town bike
Bamboo, carbon, steel, aluminum...if a guy in a garage can craft a bike from it, odds are it was on display at NAHBS

NAHBS is, in some ways, the polar opposite of the big-tent, team truck, Crankworx-style event and it's interesting as hell. RC attended the show this year and, as a framebuilder, had a lot to say. You might want to start here.

Pretty Pictures

Robb Thompson wins Photo of the Year

When the weather does amazing things it s all about finding a way to make the most of it. Even though we got completely soaked and I couldn t see through my viewfinder it s moments like these that we all live for.
Thousands of photos were considered for the best of 2017. Robb Thompson's took the prize and earned Robb $10,000.
A photo is worth a thousand words… it’s a gluey, old nag of a cliché and a saying that makes many writers see red. But this much is true, a great riding shot can, at times, distill everything that is magical about riding a mountain bike—the thrill, the serenity, the potential to undertake an adventure you’ve never even imagined before. And, of course, staring at great photos is an excellent way to burn 15 minutes of your work day before lunch break rolls around.

To that end, we sifted through thousands of images and pared the lot down to 32 finalists for our 2017 photo of the year. Throughout the month of February, you readers whittled those finalists down to a single, winner—Robb Thompson’s work at left.

Thompson joins the ranks of past winners, including John Wellburn, Toby Cowley, Sterling Lorence, Christoph Laue, Sean Lee and Steve Shannon. He also walked away with $10,000 (CAD), which made February a very good month for Robb Thompson.


Those Who Fear The Robot Apocalypse

Both Shimano and SRAM appear to be revving up their electric drivetrains

Electronic drivetrains are nothing new. They've been popular on the asphalt side of things since 2009 and Shimano's Di2 XTR and XT groups have more than a few season beneath their respective belts now. If, however, you thought that was the end of it, you're sorely mistaken. Both Shimano and SRAM appear to be working steadily on more advanced versions of what's currently available. Shimano recently filed an eyebrow-raising patent application that appears to outline a completely interconnected, electronic component system—as in, you hit a button that drops the seatpost and the suspension travel and damping automatically change as well. Similarly, photos appeared that suggest that Nino Schurter is testing a wireless, eTap version of SRAM's Eagle XX1 mountain bike drivetrain.
Shimano Patent
The dropper post talks to the drivetrain. We think...

If you're a fan of going electric, this is great news. If you fear the inevitable robot apocalypse, it's probably time to stock up on your stay-calm meds. Change is coming...and it will take batteries.

Warm and Fuzzies

You Thought February would be drama free? Think again

Look, the past year has been a… difficult… time for just about everyone. And by “difficult”, I mean a veritable dumpster fire full of insanity. There’ve been threats of “pre-emptive” nuclear annihilation, accusations of international espionage and general batshit craziness from every corner of the globe. Even the winter Olympics weren’t immune to the drama, with a Russian athlete getting popped for doping in the curling event. Really? Curling? Great. We’ve stooped to using performance-enhancing drugs in a sport that’s as physically demanding as the act of scraping dog shit off a frozen lawn. Well, at least February proved a controversy-free month for mountain bikers, right? Eh…not exactly.
Vista Outdoor

Following the undeniably tragic school shooting in Florida, a petition began circulating on change.org. The petition demands that MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op), Canada’s largest outdoor retailer, stop carrying Giro and CamelBak products (among others).

Why a boycott? The petitioners argue that Giro and Camelbak's parent company (Vista Outdoor) is a supporter of the gun-rights lobbying group, the NRA, as well as the owner of both Savage Arms and Federal ammunition. Nearly 40 percent of Vista’s profits, the petition contends, are derived from sales of firearms and ammunition. The petition holds that boycotting Vista’s cycling brands will, in a roundabout fashion, pressure Vista to change in regards to its arms business.

The petition quickly garnered more than 50,000 signatures and, within 24 hours of our reporting on it, the boycott elicited a staggering 1,500-plus comments from Pinkbike readers. The boycott also may have been a contributing factor in MEC's decision to, in fact, stop carrying products from brands owned by Vista Outdoor. MEC announced its new position on Thursday.

Some readers support the idea of sending a message with their dollars (or, more precisely, by withholding their dollars). Other readers argue that Vista only recently bought these cycling brands. Boycotting these cycling brands, they contend, only hurts the riders who work at Bell, Giro, CamelBak and Blackburn, and who have no connection whatsoever to Vista’s firearm brands. CamelBak issued this statement regarding their position on the boycott.

This much is clear: if you were hoping that February would be a month clear of controversy, you’re out of luck. Perhaps March will provide smoother sailing.

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  • 207 4
 it's a bad month for leap year baby's who still can't get into the tittay bar.
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 I was still breast feed at 21 so didn’t bother me !
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 @Matt115lamb: dude... That's your mom!
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 @DonkeyTeeth: she has a nice rack though.
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 milf milf milf
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 @Matt115lamb: Bitty, want bitty.
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 @BT180: I thought it was normal lol
  • 170 55
 Bad month, PB has turned into a political doo-doo flinging cesspool.
  • 148 5
 Makes me nostalgic over the good ol' days of calling people dicks over their preferred wheelsize or e-bikes.
  • 28 0
 @Klainmeister: if I may, (insert your preferred wheel size here) is the worst thing that could have ever happened to the bike industry.
  • 39 12
 @Klainmeister: yes,thank you... I miss the times when 29ers were... you see, I am not even allowed to say it anymore
  • 70 24
 @WAKIdesigns: ill say it for you.... "Ehem. Lights please!" *long pause* "29ers are GAY." *audience applauses*
  • 13 9
 @aw-gooner: because gay means happy and happy means gay....
  • 24 4
 For Gods sakeI meant that I miss the times when 29ers were not the best bikes one can buy!
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flag flyr (Mar 2, 2018 at 19:28) (Below Threshold)
 And we found out how many snowflakes are in the DH world that ride intense even though intense bikes are named after the guns I like
  • 18 1
 @flyr: I just can’t believe how many snowflakes there are in UK right now. 50cm of snow and people are losing their fkng minds...
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flag Matt115lamb (Mar 3, 2018 at 0:43) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: people have died waki but who cares !
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 @Matt115lamb: yes, exactly what I am talking about... in Canada, US, Alpine regions, Poland, Czech Republic, Northern Sweden, Norway, people die too. We just don’t want a martyr medal for it. And we aren’t getting paralyzed because there is something that slows our cars down by 30%
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 @WAKIdesigns: we don’t usually get snow over here , people don’t use winter tyres and we don’t have full time gritter/snowploughs to respond in anyway like the country’s you’ve stated but you new that !
  • 8 2
 @WAKIdesigns: its only the southern fairies that have had a problem, its buisness as usual up north, ive still been in shorts at work.
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 @inked-up-metalhead: don’t get snow down coal mines Wink
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 @Matt115lamb: or in air conditioned offices...
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 No month is drama free on Pinkbike. Long live the comment section!
  • 27 1
 Pinkbike should remove the comment section for April Fools. People would lose it. But if you can’t rant on the Internet is it really a rant?
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 @tornateo: Best. Idea. Ever.
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 @tornateo: the opposite. Pink bike should only be comments
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 @makripper: Lol. Only comments. Free for all, no mods/guidelines/bans articles whatever. APRIL FOOL!
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 @mtbikeaddict: I don’t believe anyone gets band !
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 @makripper: That'd be hilarious! There are enough computer chair engineers and writers that we’d probably get some good articles, just with slightly more bias.
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 @Matt115lamb: I agree, it's relatively rare. On the other hand.... @Dentist.
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 @mtbikeaddict: I miss Dentist. And I'm disappointed the dog Ezra hasn't chimed in on gun control.
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 @BenPea: True. @IamTheDogEzra is easily one of my favorite PB'ers.
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 @mtbikeaddict: they didn’t ban @IamTheDogEzra did they? That account is class
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 @speed10: no, because Ezra is real and not a spoof, that much is clear.
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Can't up vote this enough. Made my month!
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 I'm looking forward to buying a new Camelbak pack and Giro helmet this season !
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 And a new Savage!
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 Im buying a Bell for sure. The whole boycott thing seems really stupid to me, but I live in the woods so what do I know.
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 You horrible human being. How dare you purchase products which are owned by a company who are also affiliated with the sale of firearms but have absolutely no control over an unregistered mentally unhinged person who is licensed to purchase one doing so and then shooting up a school. You make me sick!

#sarcasm, #liberalagenda #dicksoutforharambe
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 @priest55: #dicksoutforharambe!!!
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 The best part of all of this. Out of all the gun companies they could've boycotted they pick the one that matches their narrative the most.

Vista pretty much exclusively markets hunting firearms, and very little "assault weapons" OR any gun your going to see vilified on the news tonight. This should've been the gun company these fools allied with, not opposed. Alas it looks like this "movement" began in Canada, also should not be surprising.
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 Giro helmets and camelbak will be on sale cheap if people boycott em. Will be a perfect time to upgrade.
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 I just bought last month a new savage and a new camelbak, earlier this year I bought a giro helmet and will most definitely be buying another. I also have plans for another savage in the near future! #longlivevista
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flag mtbikeaddict (Mar 2, 2018 at 22:04) (Below Threshold)
 @skerby: Big Grin Before reading that article, I was planning on buying a new Bell helmet. Afterwards, my dilemma is: Transfer-9 or Full-9. I have/have had multiple Bell/Giro helmets. They've all been great. Moreover, my Giro Hex and the Bell are practically the only helmets that'll fit my head. Only other has been a Fox Rampage, my current lid. Being at the bigger end of an XXL has it's disadvantages; but I digress. Am I about to go searching for something else? (Maybe a several hundred dollar TLD that might fit?) I think not. Camelbak water bottles and packs have been amazing for me over the years. Everyone should go read Camelbak's statement. This whole thing is going off a bit, but look what happened to Crock-Pot after This Is Us. Why should I have expected differently with this...
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 @brncr6: Good point. I should go check the Bell I'm eyeballing. It might (have) change(ed). Sounds great to me! Big Grin
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 @mtbikeaddict: get the Full 9. Best helmet out there imo. Absolutely love mine.
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 Camelbak produces hydration packs for the army who indeed use firearms but aren't notorious for shootings at school. Same for the fire dept. These are important and I think Camelbak can be proud producing stuff for them. Now what would a boycot realize? As mentioned in the article, Vista makes most of her money from their firearms divisions so if the outdoor dept. goes bad they'll just let them die. Best would be if they sell them to another company that cares, but that would require that other companies' initiative. Especially now that the protective gear and hydration pack market is so crowded, I doubt any other company would care. Or maybe only buy the section that makes the bladders and mouthpieces so they won't have to buy from Hydrapak anymore. But personally I'd feel sorry for pioneering companies like those. Camelbak, Giro with their Xen helmets, they all started something others are doing now too and (considering Camelbak) providing something so essential to the army and fire dept. There are times a bottle cage simply doesn't do! If they'd go out of business because the competition is better then that's fine. But if it is for political reasons I think it is silly.

Now of course talking from over here in Europe I'm only reacting from what I hear in the news so I may be missing some finer details. But I thought school shootings are common practice in the US. The one that triggered this discussion was the 18th this year or so. 18th, halfway the month of February? So the issue wasn't new. Customers (we) could have known those companies were part of Vista and what Vista is all about. And bike shop owners should have known. If we/they were concerned, the discussion could have started earlier. Discussion, a talk and listen, exploring options... A boycot without any of this adult and civilized communication preceding that really is pre-teen level stupidity. Are we, the outdoor enthusiasts, that low level? I hope not, considering we're probably well over 30yo on average. So all those (companies and shops in particular) who chose to boycot those Vista Outdoor companies, please publish your correspondence with those Vista brands where you urge them to distance themselves from the NRA or anything consumer grade firearm related. Otherwise, sure if you don't want to buy their stuff fine, then don't. But don't go calling out for a boycot when it was due to your own apathy that these companies didn't change their ways.
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 @vinay: look up the 18 shootings. The first one is reported off of school grounds, one was a suicide,one seemed to be in a university apt. another one was police chased bank robbers on to the campus, 3rd grader somhow accidentally pushed on a police officers trigger, police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg.
So i think the term 18 school shootings is a little off.
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 @brncr6: Agreed, I took this from the news agency here (The Netherlands) so I'm not sure how this was filtered. They use this source (www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/15/us/school-shootings-sandy-hook-parkland.html) which again uses this source (www.gunviolencearchive.org). So yeah, I don't completely go into the complete context of all of these. Still (according to the latter source) 36 mass shootings just this year (not on schools exclusively) is quite a large number even for a big country like the US.
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 @brncr6: Alright, couldn't find where I thought I read about 18 shootings. According to the latter source it seemed like the one in Parkland was 15th and most of them didn't have any casualties. So I hereby admit the number I stated was too high. That said, I stick with my statement that the boycot towards Vista Outdoor would be kind of awkward if there wouldn't have been any prior communication. There has been enough previous incidents which could have triggered such a discussion. Though it is never too late to start the discussion, it still needs to start with a discussion and not with a boycot.
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 @vinay: totally agree a discussion needs to be started and kept alive.
Boycotting these companys will only last till the next chunk of news that comes out and ruffles feathers.
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The most logical course of action would be gun control, but that’s not happening, so consumers who feel they need to act have limited options including voting with their money. Power to them.
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 @handsomedan: That guy tackled most of the discussion perfectly well. A similar discussion has been on PB before (due to an incident when someone was shooting his gun in an area where mountainbikers were riding) so I didn't dive into that 1800 comment moshpit. There is this only pro-gun argument he considered viable ("I like guns") that I learned to understand too. My girlfriend used to do karate. Like most martial arts, it could be used to hurt someone (or worse). But for most, this is not what it is about. To them, it is sports. They like to develop the skill and grow as an athlete. These is a club where people shoot arrows, less than one km from my home. It doesn't scare me either and again I do understand that people like to become good at it. We've been throwing spears at school too. So if people see shooting guns as something similar then yeah, I should judge it similarly. Considering the higher consequences, the number of mishaps we've seen (both in relation to martial arts and shooting arrows and spears) and pretty much all arguments brought forwards in that video, there is more than a lot going to be very very strict about the possession and use of firearms by untrained consumers.

What I do think is most sickening about the whole discussion (in politics but also regarding this boycot) is how stuff is shoved on "someone else".

"Arm the teachers". Really, these shooters are prepared, have identified the risks and have set priorities. If the teacher is the "biggest risk", the teacher is the first to be shot. He/she really won't be able to switch from the regular teaching/coaching duties to pulling out a gun to shoot the offender (who is already holding the gun). And are the other teachers adequate enough to engage in a gunfight in a school without causing collateral damage? There are more bullets going to be shot, more windows going to break, more bullets going through doors behind which kids are hiding.

"Don't sell guns to those with a mental disorder". Now it seems to me if such a kid wants a gun, he's or she is going to get one through someone. What I find disturbing is that there is no mention of "we should give more appropriate care to those with a mental disorder". Give a clear signal that it is ok to search for help (instead of label someone as dangerous and to be avoided) and have a program ready. It is going to cost money and it is worth it.

So now with this whole boycot thing. Sure, if the indirect contribution of brands like Camelbak and Giro to the NRA would have been an issue then there should have been a discussion with those brands. If you're late with that then so be it. But now is still sooner than tomorrow. But to realize "ok, we're actually a bit late" and jump straight to measures like a boycot is going to realize nothing good. It reminds me of some of those movies where something bad happens and no one knows how to deal with it and someone goes "Do something!". "I don't know what." "Well, we've got to do at least something". So I guess that's where this is heading. We don't know what to do but talking doesn't seem "powerful" enough so we do "something" (the boycot) and go all twittery about it.
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 Good month: Knolly Fugitive
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 Bad month, it's still snowing.
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 I would consider the Vista thing a good thing. It's time we start putting our business where our mouths are in with regards to social justice. Ofcourse, Pinkbike takes advertising money from companies run by Vista or am I mistaken? Does a promotion of a vista owned company constitute advocation of guns? I don't know. My LBS has ceased selling Vista owned company bike products which I applaud but I am not sure that is the wisest business move in today's demanding times of keeping a LBS running and profitable.
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 Yeah on the flipside your lbs could lose business if they kept those products on the shelf. It's a gamble really but I feel like one should always go with their gut, especially in business.
  • 33 4
 Voting with your dollars...go for it...but won't that mean not buying almost anything from anywhere??? There is human suffering attached to almost every damn thing.
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 @loopie: yeah you're not wrong, but where does one start taking a stand.
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 @Longtravel: A frustrating dilemma, surely
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 I can't help but think that boycotting Camelbak/Giro will do nothing but backfire. In the article it states VSTO's bread and butter is fire arm sales. If you also look, you'll see while they do sell guns/ammo its almost all in the hunting sector. Back 2-3 years ago around the Orlando Nightclub shooting happened and almost all gun company's/stocks saw their share prices soar, Vista did not because of their market segmentation with in firearms(they don't really sell assault weapons definitely not at the scale of others:AOBC/RGR). Which I think is funny, considering in the current craze all the attention seems to be turned on companies promoting military style firearms which Vista definitely does not. Realistically if this "boycott" does work, you'll just see Vista sell off or disband these subsidiary companies as they are a relatively small part of their portfolio.

If there's one thing I've completely given up on its expecting any sort of nuance/fact when it comes to action sports blogs and anything remotely business/politics related, most of us are completely out of touch hippies that belong in the woods.
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 @pbfan08: Hit the nail on the head with that one. Up here in Montana its amazing how many people hunt and mountain bike, or even use mountain biking for hunting access. And a damn lot of people, myself included, wear giro helmets and use camelbak packs while out on scouting missions in the later summer.
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 @pbfan08: I don't have a problem with Vista selling guns and ammo. Guns have their place, especially in outdoor recreation, and I've enjoyed target shooting in the past. I don't really care if a gun looks like a "hunting rifle" or an "assault rifle", but I sure as hell don't want my money going to corporate sponsorship of NRA lobbying efforts that attack any form of rational gun legislation like universal background checks or magazine size limits.
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 @pbfan08: Exactly. I have some fond memories of Savage rifles. As per the website, out of 221 models, 16 are "tactical" and only 4 are "assault"/semi-auto. 2 are at, under, or close to the 1k price point. That's 0.9% that fit the hated AR-15 type criteria. In other words, 98.19% of Savage guns are hunting/target/youth oriented guns, and, in the case of rifles, bolt-action with ammo capacity of 10 or less. I didn't look into the shotguns as extensively, as we are mostly discussing rifles. If anyone notices a figure of mine that is erroneous, please correct me.
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 @mtbikeaddict: You have a few erroneous assumptions/statements in there my friend.

A semi-automatic rifle is not an "assault rifle". Also, an AR-15 is not an assault rifle".

An assault rifle is select fire. Meaning fully automatic or burst fire. These weapons have been illegal for civilian ownership since since 1986. The only exception to that are select fire weapons manufactured before 1986. Purchase of select fire weapons require passport photos, finger print cards, and a background check that takes approximately 6-18 months to complete. Also, because of the limited quantity of select fire weapons available to civilians the price is quite high. A "cheap" select fire weapons is at least $6000. A beat up old M16 will likely go for more than $20000.

Also, there is no "AR-15 type criteria". A firearm either is an AR-15 or it isn't. It is merely one of dozens of kinds of semi-automatic rifles on tarket.The AR-15 is popular largely because of it's versatility, reliability, light weight, parts compatibility/availability, and price. It is no more dangerous than any other semi-automatic rifle of the same caliber on the market.

I hope that clarifies a few things. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
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 @Session603: You're right... I should've defined what terms I was using. I was referencing a news article I read about the "AR-15 type criteria". I'll see if I can find the link... thanks for the reply. PM incoming... Smile
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 @mtbikeaddict: More than understandable. Unfortunately, news articles are rife with inaccuracies on all things firearms. I won't ascribe a motive to those inaccuracies, but I assure you there is no shortage of examples.

It was good talking to you. I'll look forward to your PM.
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 @Tmackstab: I think the majority of people signing the petition are armchair activists that never had any intention of buying a product made by Vista in the first place. I doubt that actual people buying products are actually swayed by the controversy.

A company like MEC has enough money to be able to drop brands just to avoid a bad reputation.
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 @Dethphist: One thing a lot of people are missing about MEC is that it's not a typical corporation, it's a members-owned Co-op. They need to compete with for-profit companies like Canadian Tire (owners of sportcheck, atmosphere, etc) but their original goal was to source quality (primarily climbing gear) outdoor gear that was hard to get. In that light they may have more of a "social justice" role to play if their members are the ones pushing for a boycott. It's less clear to me if other companies should be activists in this way.
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 "Gun control" is an illusion. Mass murders will still happen, and likely still increase in number & severity with time. The guns aren't the root of the problem...
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 @huntstyle: Gun violence has been trending downward for several decades in the US. As have school shootings. Even with the dramatic increase in private firearm ownership.
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 Bad Month for MTB photos in an MTB photo comp.
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 Cue the gun arguments in 3,2,1.....
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 Shots fired!
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 @fumetsu: Fully-semi-automatic shots fired!
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 @crazyXCsquirrel: bump-stocking comments out there right now
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 @priest55: #vegashadmorethanoneshooter
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 @priest55: #jetfuelmeltsdankmemes
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 @priest55: #illuminatimadetheearthflat
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flag cunning-linguist (Mar 2, 2018 at 12:43) (Below Threshold)
 @priest55: what on earth are you on about! Any modern fuel burns at way over 1000 degrees. The point at which structural steel loses 50% if it’s load bearing capacity is at 550 degrees. Thus things don’t have to get too hot if not fire protected properly before things go very wrong.
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 @cunning-linguist: I got a bite!
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 Flat medals for cleaty pedals
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 @aw-gooner: finally someone is making sense.
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 @priest55: I’ll give you that one! Was more worried some conspiracy theorist would attack the UK if we provoked them! :-) what what!
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 @cunning-linguist: Haha no worries mate! Nothing worse than conspiracy theorists!

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 @WAKIdesigns: Nope, whisky prices are going to sky rocket over here. Nobody wants that. On the upside, the EU-Japan agreement is about to kick in and those chaps know a thing or two about the amber nectar.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Unless that was a euphemism for people getting f*cked up the ass and then saying thank you.
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 No bad months
  • 6 1
 The work that came from participants in the NAHBS was truly stunning. Creating art is one thing, but creating art that can be enjoyed through interaction is on another level.
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 The Camelback statement was devoid of content (and courage).
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 I don't quite get what's so bad about the Shimano thing. It's been for quite some time that I've seen people demanding more interaction between gearing, dropper posts, suspension etc. The reason it isn't here yet is probably because it is quite complex, heavy and expensive. After all, if you want your dropper high when the suspension steepens and stiffens (what many people were calling for) that also requires a different way for the dropper to work. After all what you have now is the remote only unlocks the dropper but you still have to lower it assually. If it is going to be linked to the suspension, chances are that the flick of a switch will make it more automatically. Now I have no personal experience with dropper posts (I just leave my saddle low) but not having to push down on the saddle when you actually want to get out of the saddle seems like something many are going to appreciate. If Shimano found electronics the easiest/best way to achieve this then so be it I guess. It is not going to be as light or cheap as what we have now so it is not going to replace what we have now. It is just another option. What is so bad about it?
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 That patent drawing is a bike just itching to be made: super skinny fork, absurdly short chainstays, and rim brakes. C'mon artisan beard builders, lets see it happen!
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 Is there also a new brake mount patent in the making ? In the picture it looked like they are working on a floating disconnected rim brake. Maybe to free the brake from the suspension ? Really curious about it . . .
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 not sure if sarcasm or serious?
  • 5 3
 “Some readers support the idea of sending a message...”
“Other readers argue that Vista only recently bought these cycling brands.”

You forgot an argument. Or intentionally left it out.
  • 1 0
 Ha! I just topped 2000km this year! Of course it was mostly on my road bike, rolling at 100 psi while wearing Lycra that was unpleasantly tight, I feel ashamed. What has the human race come to, time spent in the woods is mandatory !
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 Talk about about enlightened.........PB just couldn't resist putting its dick in a iron vise again with the three paragraph Vista Outdoors rehash here. I guess the 1500 posts in the comment section gave somebody a woody at PB thinking of potential advertising revenue ROI. Keep that contentious, off-topic shit up and watch the core revenue generators start looking for the exit signs......
  • 8 3
 Don't you think they just thought 1500 comments means people care about this debate?
  • 2 1
 "Change is coming...and it will take batteries."

Actually it's NOT. The 95% of sales ANY MANUFACTURER will be still with cable actuated systems. If only live among pinkbikers and lost touch with real world you might be into it but the truth is that electric system will be marginal to overall sales volume so don't worry and go ride your f*cking bike.
  • 1 0
 Chipotle buys their napkins from the same company that supplies a sandwich shop's napkins in a neighborhood near Vista where many employees eat their lunch. BOYCOTT CHIPOTLE! JK. If you f with my chipotes there will be gun violence.
  • 3 0
 All is for not when a guy like Remy gets a second chance!!!! rad month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 They are not assault rifles....
  • 8 5
 Good month, 26 still not dead!
  • 3 0
 + DeathGrip for good month
  • 4 2
 You know it's winter and no one is on their bike when a bike website and all it's viewers argue about gun control.
  • 1 0
 February was awesome here in New Hampshire. We have had spring like temps almost all month. First half was a little muddy, but the past 2 weeks have been killer.
  • 5 3
 Good month, it's still snowing.
  • 3 1
 Great month for... nvm... go ride your fucking bike ffs.
  • 1 0
 good and bad things things happen to all of us each month, how we get over the bad things is fun
  • 2 0
 P. S Shimano, hurry up with my Saint Di2!
  • 1 0
 Spent 10 days riding in Andalusia. I guess it makes february a not2bad month.
  • 2 0
 Good month for me, moved to Moab Smile
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 Pinkbike without Americanism would be great. We could remove 90% of the:
The gun control talk
Crying about riding in the rain
E-bike hate
Trail access bitching by people who think they have a right to ride walking tracks.

Pinkbike as a whole would be a much better place
  • 12 6
  • 2 0
 glad he's back
  • 9 8
 Rockin' Month!
Rode 400k so far this year!
(90% Fat Bike, 10% Trance)
  • 1 0
 This was a good month for ME- a week of riding in San Remo and Finale Wink
  • 4 1
 Aqua Perini?
  • 1 0
 Good month for the trans NZL race....great week of racing!
  • 1 0
 Uh.............. nevermind...
  • 1 0
 Good month for looking forward to Spring and getting back on trails.
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 "If you really gave a shit, you'd live in a cave eating leaves an berries"
  • 1 2
 cant repeal merican gun laws so stop selling hydration back packs . works for me
  • 4 7
 Rode 350k last month and thought all was good. The someone compared me to Waki. Definitely a bad month now. I must change my ways.
  • 7 0
 Judging from recent comments: Waki > Properp.
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flag pinnityafairy (Mar 3, 2018 at 7:36) (Below Threshold)
 @dbodoggle: not exactly because Wiki has the gift of grammar. He is also a keyboard Warrior and I am a talk to texter. This one skill that unfortunately I lack in. Thank God for talk to text. If I were to have the gift of grammar these rants would go on and on. I'm just too lazy to look up proper spellings in English. That's usually why it is extremely short and to the point.
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