Good Month / Bad Month: Fairness, Ohlins, Fuji, Sending It, & More - November 2018

Dec 13, 2018
by Mike Levy  



Getting More Kids on Bikes

Neko Mulally raffles World Champs bike, raises $26,565 for charity

While everyone would love to take the W at World Champs, most of us know that there can only be one winner at the end of the day. In light of that, the secondary, lesser-known competition over the weekend is who shows up with the best looking bike, and with its tri-color finish and subdued graphics, my money is on Neko Mulally's Tues. So were a lot of other people, it seems, with Neko selling raffle tickets for his custom World Champs sled to the tune of $26,565 USD, all of which went to the Can'd Aid Foundation that has built and donated nearly 2,500 bikes to underprivileged children across the country. More than 500 charitable souls from all over the globe bought raffle tickets, and the winner was drawn by Neko himself at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard.

Diana Ralston, Can'd Aid's Executive Director, said "This was a hugely successful fundraiser for us and we're so grateful to have Neko as our Treads + Trails Ambassador. We're excited to host more bike clinics for kids with him here in Brevard this spring."



Send'n it

Jordie Lunn takes us back to when amplitude trumped spins and twists

Rogatkin and co. are doing some of the most insane, physics-defying twists and spins on two wheels, but there'll always be something to be said for just send'n it, won't there? Lunn answered that question, for me at least, in Rough AF 3, his newest homage to big bikes doing big moves in the forest. The roll-in at the start, aka the wooden sidewalk of death that goes nowhere, looks especially absurd - check the Margu Riga photo to the right. He cleans it, but he also ends up bleeding from his nether regions due to the kind of G-out that rearranges internal organs.

What follows is sender after sender, senders into other senders, and then a few more senders. All of them are huge. He even throws out a few giant twists and spins at the end for good measure.
Photo by Margus Riga





Öhlins Racing

Tenneco Inc buys Swedish suspension brand

Tenneco Inc, an international automotive conglomerate that also owns Monroe and Rancho, two suspension makers from the automotive world, has now added Öhlins to its list of subsidiary companies. Back in 2008, Tenneco bought Marzocchi before spinning the Italian brand off of its acquisition list seven years later, but it just never looked like the conglomerate was all that interested in upping Marzocchi's game all that much while they had the brand. Scrolling through the comments below the original Öhlins PR reveals that not a lot of us have a good impression of Tenneco, surely due to the general perception of how they handled the storied Marzocchi brand.
Shock parts. Photos courtesy of Specialized Cameron Baird

We'll never know all the details of that short-lived Tenneco and Marzocchi partnership, but here's hoping that things work out better for Öhlins.

Tenneco's strategy has been to acquire brands, primarily in the high-performance motorsports world, and then expand their product ranges and up sales numbers. An injection of capital from Tenneco should be a boon to Öhlins as they've been working to expand their mountain bike product range and increase reliability. Could this move see Öhlins in a position to compete in the OE arena with Fox and RockShox? We'll know in a few years.








The Perception of Fairness

Failed EWS drug tests raise questions

The news of Richie Rude and Jared Graves having both failed an in-competition drug test back in May managed to get a lot of people's hackles up, both in support of and in disappointment towards the riders.

Let's keep things in context here; they weren't sticking testosterone patches on their balls or re-injecting their own oxygenated blood. Based on what we know so far, they (knowingly or otherwise) ingested two banned stimulants: Higenamine and Oxilofrine.

Neither racer is arguing against the fact that the prohibited substances were in their bodies, and that would mean the best-case scenario is that it was an accident that people can learn from. If that's the case, both may still be punished, but they certainly don't need to be burned at the stake by salty readers riding white horses into the comment section.

Regardless of whether they did or didn't ingest that stuff with intent, the general perception of top-flight enduro racing will be forever changed for many people. Prior to November 26th, the day our story broke, many fans had a ''But-enduro-is-different'' mindset where racers were assumed to be clean. But as we've seen in other sports when a big name ends up in the headlines for having a banned substance in their system, that assumption might be forever gone now for many of us.



Fuji's Parent Company

Advanced Sport Enterprises files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The Advanced Sports Enterprises Inc. name might not sound familiar, but maybe Fuji, Kestrel, SE, Breezer Bikes and Tuesday Cycles, as well as retail brands Performance Bicycle and Bike Nashbar, ring a bell? ASE, the parent company for those brands, announced that they've filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the middle of November which, according to Bicycle Retailer, could lead to the closing of 40 of the current 104 stores.

In a press release, Patrick J. Cunnane, ASE’s President and CEO, stated, “While ASE is undergoing the Chapter 11 process, we will continue with business as usual; orders will be fulfilled and Performance Bicycle stores will continue operating.

“We’ve taken a lot of steps to right the business over the past 27 months. We have conducted an extensive review of alternatives and believe pursuing a restructuring through Chapter 11 is the best path forward to ensure ASE’s long-term success. We are thankful for the continued support of our dedicated employees, valued customers, vendors and business partners as we navigate this process, and look forward to becoming a stronger company in the coming months as a buyer / investor for the business is found.”

Cunnane also noted that sales of ASE's bike brands were steady, but that difficulties in increasing sales and profits on the retail side was one of the factors that led to the filing.


134 Comments

  • + 152
 I don't know why Pinkbike is carrying the water for dopers. Saying "it's not like they put a testosterone patch on their balls" is missing the point completely. Doping is doping and the things they took provide significant performance benefits. Neither rider tested their B sample and both riders came out with the same non-denial denial that every doper uses. Literally every single doper blames a supplement.
  • + 69
 I was a college athlete for one of the least successful programs (at the time) in the country, and even we were well aware of the testing guidelines.

I find it very hard to believe that long time pro athletes, one of whom was an olympian, can legitimately claim ignorance and accidental ingestion here.

Same old lie told by everyone who gets caught--unless that person actually owns up to it.
  • + 30
 @Mntneer: And it's not like these guys are privateers who are just popping whatever the Supplements-Bro at GNC sold them. They're longtime pros with trainers, and I'm sure they have access to a nutritionist (hell, they could hire one out-of-pocket since they're pros and nutrition is important).
Ignorance is a really lame excuse.
  • + 5
 @rezrov: That may be when it gets tricky. If you're a privateer you've got to (and are going to) figure it all out by yourself. If you've got a nutritionist, you've got to trust them that whatever they're giving you is good. Not saying I'd blame anything on their support staff, just saying that delegating tasks doesn't remove you from your responsibilities but it does make it harder to keep track of everything.

That said, I won't judge them whatever the outcome. I don't like judging and I'm glad I'm not in a position that I would have to. To me they're just top athletes and I hope all will be good and they'll continue to compete. And of course first and foremost, I hope Jared successfully beats cancer and heals up properly.
  • + 4
 If the EWS or any organization was serious about getting PED’s out of their sport they’d test everyone and often. They don’t. They hardly test at all. Too easy to circumvent the testing and it will stay that way even with the UCI. They don’t test enough either. The only organization that does actually do rigorous testing is the UFC. PED’s are here to stay.
  • + 0
 @Robbyc1979: Who overseas the testing for the road cyclists? I don't think any organisation can come close to their intensity.
  • + 6
 @vinay: It's actually a nutritionist's job to know everything about the stuff that gets put inside someone's body, so I'm not sure this works as an argument. Surely if you've got a nutritionist, you're less likely to fall foul of a positive drug test. Unless your nutritionist is the mtb equivalent of road racing's Dr. Ferrari.
  • + 3
 @BenPea: While they may not be taking HgH or testosterone (where results are pretty much black and white), its likely that most of these athletes try to walk that fine line with alot of these substances that are in the "grey area", where you can blame it on accidental ingestion, asthma medication, etc. Looking at what happened with Froome (nothing), a lot of these guys may be temped to roll the dice.
  • + 3
 I clicked on the comments to say the same thing. I’m not casting any judgement about wether they intentionally took it, or how it got in their system. But all those substances are on that list for a reason. They didn’t just make up that list out of no where. Pinkbike’s own article about them outlined some effects that would be pretty beneficial to enduro riders.
  • + 0
 @SlodownU: agreed, but these excuses have been fatally devalued by the fact that we hear them in each and every case. The boys who cried wolf have made it a pretty dumb option. Although yes, the asthma card has worked in the past.
  • + 14
 This "at least I wasn't [xyz]" has been happening since the dawn of testing controls....

The pain pill/stimulants cheaters go "at least I wasn't on weight loss substances"
The weight loss cheaters go "at least I wasn't on asthma substances"
The asthma cheaters go "at least I wasn't on cortisone"
The cortisone cheaters go "at least I wasn't blood transfusing"
The blood transfusers go "at least I wasn't on EPO"
The EPO cheaters go "at least I didn't have a motor"
The motor cheaters go "well, its just a bike race, it's not like I killed anyone"
  • + 6
 @WestwardHo that's fair enough, we should have worded this more artfully. On the other side, we got attacked for being unfair to the riders when we broke the story.

While these stimulants aren't in the same category as blood doping or EPO, the riders are absolutely responsible for what goes into their bodies and knowing the rules. As for the intent, it's fair to be skeptical but it's also a good idea to suspend judgement until we know more.
  • + 6
 @brianpark: I appreciate the response but I guess my point here is that these stimulants ARE in the same category as blood doping and EPO. That's why they're on the banned list. We don't get to decide one is worse than the other because we don't fully understand the significant performance benefits from newer forms of doping.

And I would be all for suspending judgement if the riders weren't playing the doper PR game and there weren't pictures of Graves with higenamine during races. I'm sure these boys have done more than this too. When I heard EWS doping violations, Rude and Graves were my first thought. They have an unnatural amount of lean body mass for people who spend all day on a bike.
  • + 1
 @CarlMega: could you use them all together? (xcept motor, not interesting)
  • + 1
 @brianpark: epo and blood doping are intensive processes, with epo being one that could easily kill you if not properly administered.

On the other hand, an amphetamine and a beta2 agonist are like plug and play for drugs. They immediately have a profound effect on cardiovascular performance and work load capacity. Their ability to effect muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance over the course of an 8-10hr event is far greater than that of a testosterone base patch or shot before a race. Since you want to make an ethical comparison to using transdermal testosterone, you wouldn't even know if someone was using it if they ceased using it 24hrs or more before a test.

So no, it's not like EPO, doping, or using testosterone. The approach is entirely different than those other drugs, and that's why they're all banned for specific reasons. It is, however, an effective and safe way to elevate your ability to perform.
  • + 0
 @CarlMega: To continue the list:

Rocket motor cheaters who happened to kill everyone on their tail: "dude, it was just pyrotechnics. All kills and propulsion was just collateral."
  • + 1
 There is a pretty fascinating Crossfit podcast about Emily Abbott. Making out was enough to transfer enough chemical to her system to cause her to fail her test. He admitted to using what she failed for. He don't compete so it doesn't matter. You can be responsible for what goes into your body and still fail in some rare cases. There are some interesting fails out there when it comes to people swapping spit and other bodily fluids.
  • + 0
 @raditude: I nearly mentioned the French tennis player who claimed to have ingested cocaine via a woman's lips in a club.
  • + 2
 @BenPea: It is very interesting, in her case. She tested positive for an amount considered below "trace" according to standards. Something like .0005. Almost to the point of ridiculous. Not all sports are the same nor do they consider testing standards similar.

My vote is let's go group b rally cars and just let athletes pump themselves to the gills for our amusement and remove all restrictions. We'll leave it up to them to see if they value fame over their well-being instead of lying about it.

The end result will be better and more durable frames for us mere consumers. Who knows.
  • + 2
 @BenPea: Also, my apologies for the "he don't compete", i missed "doesn't" in there. I realize between the grammar and the american flag icon, i potentially was fulfilling a lot of international stereotypes.
  • + 1
 @raditude: dunt matter to me, as they say in Manchester.

I said it before, but opening the drug gates might be fun to watch for a bit, but then everyone will die (I might have been more nuanced last time).
  • + 1
 @raditude: So you are saying you believe that kissing story to be true? Like you really believe it?
  • + 3
 @Mntneer: are you posting here in the public domain that the amphetamine is a safe way to enhance sporting performance? And safe compared to EPO/AAS? And MLevy's article making light of it, what's going on
PB?
  • + 1
 @Vastusaurus: this particular amphetamine is much safer than let's say methylated or salt forms of amphetamine. EPO can literally kill you very easily. It's also not going to cause a major issue for a healthy adult when used in lower dosages. Thousands of people are using it in OTC supplements everyday while exercising and not experiencing health issues.

I'm not saying that it's safer than AAS, because most AAS can be used safely without much consequence.
  • + 1
 @H3RESQ: The drug her fiance was taking is done so orally as a liquid and is absorbed under the tongue. Per the podcast, someone who would be covering it up or weening off of it to compete would have had a result in the tens column of a decimal place. .1 etc. Hers was below trace in the thousandths .001.

So yes, liquid orally taken medication that the fiance took as they were going to bed following by good night kiss leaves a barely traceable amount, Yes I find that completely plausible.

The french cocaine thing? I know nothing about that but considering it is cocaine, no. But then again, who trusts the french?
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Look at the bright side. You'd have a better chance if you have less competition. Silver linings mate.
  • + 1
 Personally i find the lack of coverage of enduro events as a larger issue than doping in the sport. I'm tired of watching Quarq race blips move around on a map and calling that race coverage.
  • + 1
 @raditude: Coverage as in TV coverage? Do you understand how big an undertaking it would be to try and cover an enduro race with TV Cameras?
  • + 2
 @sino428: Massive undertaking. No doubt about it. But I care more about them solving that than catching dopers. If i can't enjoy watching it or have trouble following it, there won't be a sport to dope for.
  • + 1
 It’s sad how cheaters and winners go hand in hand!
  • + 1
 @raditude: Well my point was that there is no solution to that problem. Its just not really possible to put enough cameras out there to bring any meaningful coverage to and enduro event. Its too much terrain.
  • + 1
 I find it baffling how public opinion chastises people for failed drug tests, when substances are on an arbitrary list written by... who wrote the list anyway? Something could have been deemed fine last year, and this year it's illegal. So that guy was a hero last year, and now he's an absolute arsehole, stealing the career of someone else. And yet some other things which also have proven performance benefits are not on the list. The whole thing is a mind f*ck.
  • + 1
 @jaame: food and water really help my performance. Ban ‘em!
  • + 1
 Sleep should be banned! And as for getting into the pants of an attractive young lady, the high that provides is better than cocaine. Clearly, fornicating should be on the banned list.
  • + 53
 I was so bummed when the news about the doping. I’m a big fan of both riders and I have no problems with athletes seeking a competitive advantage through nutrition but I hate cheating. I hope this was accidental and can help clean the sport up. Naive, maybe, but that’s what I hope.
  • + 20
 A few people that stand next to them on the podium say they don't think they would have done it maliciously - that's good enough for me.
  • + 1
 Agreed. Regardless of how or what the cheating mechanism was, it truly is sad especially given that there have been so many rumors over the past 5yrs. Props to the guys doing it clean.
  • - 11
flag Benito-Camelas (Dec 12, 2018 at 16:22) (Below Threshold)
 These two cheaters will not be entitled to compete or take part in any ews event.
That's what the antidoping rule says about dopers.
The real question here is... Will the ews apply it's own law?
  • + 1
 Considering Graves has/had a brain tumor I don't think he'll be riding anytime soon anyways (he said so himself in the PB interview regarding the doping allegations)
  • - 4
flag patrickbatemanworldtour89 (Dec 12, 2018 at 16:38) (Below Threshold)
 I was bummed it was them that made the headlines, but do any of us really think that it doesn't happen in World Cup XC and DH, and now the EWS? There will always be a few bad actors doing this kind of thing in any competitive profession.

That being said I don't think our boys were trying to cheat. Maybe some protein powder or who knows what with too many ingredients to keep track of, but not full on Lance Armstrong mode what with the doping and lawyers and all that other nonsense.

To reiterate, I do NOT think Rude and Graves were cheating or doping. I do think that there are individuals trying to cheat in every type of professional competitive cycling.
  • + 10
 So will UCI, EWS, USADA strip them of any titles?
  • + 5
 @rivercitycycles: It may result in that. There needs to be examination on the case
  • + 12
 The EWS should go after others for "cheating" if they go after them, what about people shuttling when it was clearly a non shuttle stage?!? thats a bold move right, can people just get away with anything in EWS? just a question. This should be a learning curve and the EWS should step up and actually stand behind their "Rules" next year and start fresh, I think shuttling stages people pedal is as much cheating if not more than this. Just a thought
  • - 17
flag Matt115lamb (Dec 12, 2018 at 16:52) (Below Threshold)
 With the amount of chemicals in food and drink these day it’s nigh on impossible to know what’s going in your body unless you’ve got a dietician watching you 24/7!
If I’m hungry and feeling weak and have a sausage, isn’t that a performance enhancer ?
  • + 12
 So there are people trying to dope up and cheat but it's not the guys getting caught for it.....@patrickbatemanworldtour89:
  • + 2
 Cheaters suck in all aspects of life. With that being said, I hope the powers at be do the right thing for all concerned.
  • + 11
 @Matt115lamb: It depends where you put it.
  • + 2
 @Matt115lamb: according to your girlfriend it is.
  • + 5
 @jamesbrant: As long as she doesn't tell my wife, everything should work out. All the best to you and your sausage this festive season.
  • + 27
 I get wanting to believe that they ingested this shit accidentally, but come on...

There's a picture of Graves in 2016 sitting next to his bottle of higenamine imgur.com/a/ynOBBxa , and it's right there on the ingredients list. Cedric Gracia and Yoann Barelli have both said doping is rampant in the EWS, the EWS does NO testing of their athletes (they leave it up to the countries hosting the races), and the two guys that got busted also happen to be A) gold medalists, and B) two of the most yoked dudes in EWS.
  • + 1
 @rezrov: That picture is from 2016 - the substance was banned in 2017.
  • + 16
 @Clarkeh: Yeah, so he was taking it before AND after it was banned. If anything that'd make it more likely that he'd know because the ban was recent.
  • + 3
 @downhillin4life: simple fix no shuttle, time start to finish it’s called super d circa 2006
  • + 1
 @richierocket: it’s human nature to strive , you can never stop cheaters !
  • - 4
flag SonofBovril (Dec 13, 2018 at 1:21) (Below Threshold)
 IMO If they were really doping, you would have expected to have seen both of them on the podium more often... and while Ritchie did feature, that begs the question, are the other guys that are beating them consistently then also doping or maybe it was just a case of unintentional doping.
  • + 16
 Cheaters prevent honest people from competing equally, steal them possible triumphs, steal them possible sponsors and their way to make a living.

Cheaters must be pointed a finger at them and punished severely according to the rules (which should be the same for everyone). No matter how it may look, if you protect or excuse a cheater you are insulting and despising honest competitors.
  • + 1
 I'm with you, I hope this is just a weird occurrence and we never hear of EWS doping again.
  • + 1
 @SonofBovril: Well, the bikes can't be doping. No matter how many drugs you take, your still at the mercy of technical failures.. and both of these guys have suffered alot of those.
  • + 2
 @Clarkeh: Because all those guys are doping too. lol
  • + 0
 @Matt115lamb: exactly!
If Brock Lesnar starts a fight with a tiny little guy with no fight in him, is that guy allowed to use a weapon? I would say absolutely yes. It's not fair that one man has three times the body weight, world class fighting skills and a hundred times the aggression. The only way to make the fight fair would be to give the little guy a weapon. For me this doping thing is kind of the same argument. That guy was better than me because of an accident of birth, and I'm trying to use my wiles to make up for what nature denied me. I
  • + 1
 @jaame: a tiny guy would be out of Brock Lesnar’s weight class. If they were making pros race Cat 3 racers you could sort of maybe have an argument there. But they’re not, pros race pros and Brock fights other fighters his own weight. The purpose of athletic competition is to determine who the best in each sport. Obviously genetics contribute to success but that doesn’t mean you can cheat to “make up” for that. People who are overweight for instance will never be marathon runners and they will have to make peace with that. The idea that cheating is justified in such a case is laughable
  • + 48
 Being bought up by Tenneco.....good thing??
  • - 1
 Tenneco was going to use their electronic adaptive damping into marzocchi forks and shocks while at the same time triying to keep production cost low. Bad idea.
  • + 13
 I'm trying to figure out how this is a good thing...................It wasn't good for Marzocchi. I'm wondering why Ohlins Racing didn't see what happened to Marzocchi and run the other way.
  • + 8
 @rivercitycycles: I have a theory about this. Keep in mind it's just a theory and probably not actually the case. I think they got in bed with specialized and specialized demanded much larger production numbers than they were used to producing. Spesh lawyers get involved and so Ö starts to cut corners, quality goes to shiiii. Returns and recalls are inevitable and revenue streams start to dry up. The big dix at Ö realise that their financial reports aren't looking as good as they should and decide they need an influx of capital. They invite the corporate world in boom you have a tenneco deal. Keith stays on as CEO but it's a ticking clock for how long he lasts and how long the brand remains relevant.

Again just a theory. . .
  • + 10
 @Trudeez: I think you vastly overestimate the size of Ohlins MTB business vs. their motorsport business. They sold to Tenneco for $160m, and even according to Pinkbike the MTB segment of their business is about 10% of their total sales. www.pinkbike.com/news/inside-ohlins-racing-swedish-suspension-specialists.html
  • - 1
 @bicycle019: no I don't. I was going to write that I understood that Ö is a massive company that hopefully could weather this MTB storm. As I said, it's just a theory.
  • + 8
 @rivercitycycles:

Because everyone who’s selling a business right now is smart as they’re cashing out before the next crash.
  • + 1
 @rivercitycycles: big cheques hit hard!
  • + 2
 Article says they expand product ranges to increase sales, so they water down the brand by making lower quality mid range products and then realize they can cut corners on the high end stuff aswell ? Hopefully not.
  • + 3
 Pinkbike says that it might make Ohlins compete Fox or RS in the future... But on the other hand – Tenneco may kill Ohlins bike products line because it's too small to be profitable. Not a + for me...
  • + 2
 But this time they plan to implement Synergy and everyone knows Synergy is the key to octichannel success.
  • + 3
 This is my theory. Someone offered ohlin a fuck ton of cash, and he took it.
  • + 39
 Pinkbike: apologists for those who get caught using performance enhancing drugs
  • + 14
 Dentists mad that their Tribe has transformed into the Yeti Cartel!
  • + 21
 @mntneer: I like how they preemptively accused the readers of white knighting while LITERALLY white knighting for Rude and Graves.
  • + 1
 @WestwardHo: so weird huh
  • + 7
 @WestwardHo: it's a weird lack of self awareness mixed with either a lack of ethics or a desire to protect the sport at all costs
  • + 2
 @Mntneer: the advantage of being into a niche sport is that the public aren't aware of it sinking into disrepute. The bigger they come the harder they fall, but when you're small, you just trip slightly.
  • + 1
 @WestwardHo - The France round is literally the only round this is done at and is a pretty recent change i do believe.
  • + 11
 Doping ruins sports because it's an arms race. The richest team will always have access to latest drugs and methods. The riders will take more and more shit to keep up, and do god knows what to their health in order to win. Quit apologising for these guys. They're gold medallists and know what they're doing. They haven't been pinched before because EWS doesn't test for doping.
  • + 10
 I’m sure it’s unrealistic and unchangeable, but is it just me or does anyone else wish they’d fully investigate, charge and wrap up a case against athletes before releasing info that leaves us all wondering what we believe? 'They tested positive for these substances...’ Ok, but did they know they consumed them? Was it intentional cheating? You know, the info that really matters. I wish I didn’t know a thing about it until it all came out, one way or the other. Must be the Lance Armstrong experience - I fully supported that guy until it all came out and that took a long time. I want to be supportive and call this ridiculous but it’s frustrating not knowing everything.
  • + 14
 It doesn't even matter. The onus is on them to make sure they're not doping. The only excuse that could possibly fly is if a supplement they were taking secretly added a banned substance. But we also know that's not true. Here's Graves sitting next to his higenamine bottle in 2016 and they clearly list the ingredient: imgur.com/a/ynOBBxa
  • - 2
 @rezrov: in 2016 it wasn't a banned substance
  • + 13
 @PaulLehr:

Actually it was banned it is beta2 antagonist so it has always been banned. In 2017 a formal player claimed he didn't know higenamine was a beta 2 antagonist so they then added higenamine specifically to the list. But it had always been a band substance. It is up to the pros to check. They got busted by accident or on purpose it is still doping, the only that changes is how long the suspension is for.
  • + 4
 @PaulLehr: Yes but he was taking it before and after it was banned. We know this because him and Richie just tested positive...

Saying "in 2016 it wasn't banned" only works as an excuse if he stopped taking it once the ban kicked in.
  • + 1
 @rezrov: genuine question: the label reads 'Nelumbo nucifera (seed) extract (standardised for higenamine)'.

I would take that to mean the seed extract in question has had its higenamine content measured and set for consistent dosage - the 'standardised' part. Does that sound right...? Is there any way it could mean something different?
  • + 12
 Mmm, the good ole testosterone ball patch
  • + 2
 Why am I just learning about these now?
  • + 1
 But think of the side effects!
  • + 2
 @drunknride: Worth it, for the front effects.
  • + 7
 So Ohlins gets a '+' for selling out to the company that sent Marz into the friggen ground?
I don't get it.
They also had the biggest recall debacle in MTB history IMO, yet they didn't get [negative] credit for that either-of course their banner ads all over PB during the (lengthy) period while all us Ohlins owners were told to not ride on our forks while Ohlins [allegedly] sought permission from the feds for us to install lock tite on the cap threads-while Fox et al. managed to have their 'fix' ready to go the day their recall was announced-, obviously had something to do with it.. PB not wanting to bite the hand that feeds it I guess is understandable for a website who DOESN'T attempt to be 'fair and honest' on its 'reporting' above all else- which isn't PB(despite what they'd like their readership to believe).
  • + 5
 Biggest recall debacle in mtb history is quite a stretch.
  • + 4
 @loganflores: my RFX sat at Ohlins for 5 months because of defect as the recall came and went. . . . . . . .
  • + 7
 I don't think anyone can say whether Graves or Rude did or didn't intentionally use banned substances. That's up to the people who make the rules to decide. Just because someone is a nice guy/gal does not mean they are immune to cheating, especially when the stakes and pressures are so high, and athletes are often naively led by trainers, nutritionists and managers.
  • + 10
 Man just when Fuji made bikes I woyld actually buy...
  • + 2
 Especially with that M link. I hope that was sarcasm I sensed.
  • + 7
 Good month for Ohlins??? What??? 1st a recall, then bought out by Tenneco... Time to use soap, water and a bottlebrush on that syrupy bong at PB!!!
  • + 1
 Soap?! *palmface* ...rubbing alchohol man
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 Seriously, this is an awful month for Ohlins reputation. You can't force us to like the company that ruined marzocchi.
  • + 2
 The UCI already said they essentially don't care about the failed tests, since it wasn't done on their watch. EWS didn't test, and the French didn't even test everyone. If you're outraged about dopers, then demand that they test everyone and everything.
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 Regardless of outcome, it’s good for the sport. Bringing awareness to the doping issue will only help us have more faith in future results.
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 'Regardless of outcome, it’s good for the sport' -?!

this is not logical, if it turns out quite badly for the sport how could that be seen as good for the sport?
  • + 1
 @lifted-d: If it turns out they were winning by cheating they won't be winning by cheating anymore, they will be banned. It is bad for the image of the sport but good for the race's competitiveness. It will also discourage others from cheating as they know it comes with consequences.
  • + 6
 AINT A REPO MAN I KNOW WHO DONT DO SPEED!
  • + 5
 The more you drive the less intelligent you are
  • + 2
 @IamSeaDevil: Ordinary f*ckin people. I hate em.
  • + 1
 @kmg0: All free? what are you some kind of commie? i don't want any commies in my car... no Christians either!
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 Why would Tenneco get rid of Marzocchi, and acquire Ohlins I'll never understand. It's like if I owned a lemonade stand, "well this isn't working out"; sells lemonade stand, acquires different lemonade stand. That's stupid in anyone's books.
  • + 1
 My local Performance Bike shop (Beaverton, OR) is closing. There are 2 other stores in the Portland Metro area, Tualatin and Mall 205 in the Gateway District in Portland. The downtown Portland store closed years ago. I don't the status of the other 2 stores. I have mixed feelings about all of it. They tended to employ a lot of folks who didn't know very much about bikes in the Beaverton store. Have only been to the other 2 stores a handful of times. The Tualatin store is the biggest of all of them but every time I went, I was usually the only customer in the entire place. The Mall 205 location is cramped and messy. Seems to me they botched it up themselves.

I can count on one hand the number of Fuji bikes I've seen on the streets or trails here in the area over the years. I can say for me personally that I don't care for the look of their bikes at all and have never considered buying one. I did appreciate the convenience of the local PB, but was never all that jazzed about the service or personnel. Still, it sucks that they are potentially losing their jobs...
  • + 3
 Meh...they'll find other jobs quick. Probably get paid more too (not at another bike shop obviously). The internet has pretty much killed the bike shop modeled as a corporate clothing store.
  • + 2
 When money is involved, people will ride the edge of the rules EVERY time. The more money, the closer to the edge, this is the culture we live in, we don't need to get rid of cheaters, we need to get rid of Money!
  • + 3
 With only two bad month items, this is why I read MTB news and not other news
  • + 1
 Damn good month. Not being able to get on bike last 4 months (and next 8 ), it is great time for me, even in those nasty winter conditions. Enjoying every bit of it and my little christmas bike holidays.
  • + 0
 Man you guys didn't even email me. I bought a new bike! 2 years after Whistler transformed me from a 34 year old man into a 65 year old man! It's a big deal. Just when you think you're getting good at jumps too. That's when they get you.
  • + 2
 Great month, That bike is probably worth that much. Jordie rules and cheaters getting caught is good unless you are biased.
  • + 4
 what's a Fuji
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 All performance locations are closing now
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 Definitely a good month for cjwell
  • + 1
 Did s/he win another price?
  • - 1
 I don't know enough about the doping incident to have a strong opinion about whether it was intentional or extensive - there is a process for that.

I think the reason that it hurts to think doping is taking place in Enduro is because Enduro best reflects how most of us ride. The races are accessible and anyone of us could be on the starting line at any one of the races. We see the other racers as our friends and our brothers (or sisters). If they were to cheat, it can't help but feel a little personal.
  • + 2
 PEDs are shit ! I forgive Jordie if he had a couple wobbly pops before trying that tree drop though Smile
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 Bad month for truthfulness.
  • + 1
 I wouldn't put Rancho or Monroe on a lawn mower. Why would I consider those to be a positive for my bike?
  • + 4
 Your lawn would be scalped to sh!t if you put any suspension on it lol
  • + 1
 Yay more corporate merging and failings Frown
  • + 1
 The cycling industry is full of apologists. And so the cycle continues.
  • + 0
 Rough af3 without a doubt the best video to come out in mtb in recent years, bring back freeride!
  • + 2
 yeah, I've seen about enough gratuitous mini tire schrelps from deliberately sawing the bars like a lunatic. Legit roosts are accidental and a product of speed and force. Jordie schrelped his nutz for us to guide us back to the righteous path!!
  • + 1
 What does that mean for SeRacing Their bikes are lit AF
  • + 0
 man, I kinda always thought amplitude was better than the tricks....
  • + 0
 woyld you???????????
  • + 7
 @thunder-nuggets Woyldn't chew?
Maks snense to moi.
  • + 11
 @CRAFTY-P: woyld yu snop maging fon oif mi

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