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MasterSlater mikelevy's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 17:45
Feb 8, 2018
January 2018 - Good Month or Bad Month?
@jaame: I don’t think anyone is saying that Pilgrim didn’t have his reasons, and I don’t think anyone is claiming that they wouldn’t have done the same. But we are all nobodies that won’t help sell emtbs. The guy was a pillar of the mountain biking community. So regardless of whether his motives are warranted in the “real world”, it doesn’t change the fact that the man WAS a hero. Everyone deserves to earn a living, not everyone deserves to be eternally worshipped for what they USED to represent. The man is a sell-out. You can argue all day that he isn’t. But he HAS sold his place in the spiritual world of mountain biking. Doesn’t mean he’s not as good as he was. Doesn’t mean that he’s a bad person. It DOES mean that he made a CHOICE to take the money and SELL what he used to represent. It’s not hate for a man making a living, it’s the lamentation of the loss of a big part of what makes riding so challenging and gratifying. We all make choices. Hell, I sold out a long time ago. I’m perfectly fine admitting that. But I’m not Sam Pilgrim. I never flew the flag for MTB, and then wiped my ass with it.
MasterSlater mikelevy's article
Feb 1, 2018 at 20:24
Feb 1, 2018
January 2018 - Good Month or Bad Month?
meh... all that means is that you’re a sellout, that no one knows. No one could blame YOU for doing it. But Sam Pilgrim is another story.
MasterSlater mikelevy's article
Feb 1, 2018 at 20:20
Feb 1, 2018
January 2018 - Good Month or Bad Month?
So SRAM gets sh!t for trying to standardize what is a frustrating, confusing, and wasteful aspect of building and maintaining a bike. And THAT’S warranted according to Pinkbike... after all, why should a company try to maximize interoperability in its components in what is an ever evolving, cutthroat industry? Shame on them for trying to improve mountain bikes. Meanwhile Sam “The Sellout” Pilgrim jumps into bed with the devil himself and it’s all “good for you for trying to make a living”. Pinkbike, you’re a bunch of sycophantic hypocrites. And your weak-ass attempts at rationalizing this is really sad. You rarely, if ever, openly criticize e-bikes, and you entirely complicit in trying to makenit appear like emtbs are a foregone conclusion. When you could actually do something about it. It’s made even more sad by your attempts at rationalizing your inaction & complicity. In short, don’t p1ss on our collective leg and tell us it’s raining. Be men and women about it and just admit that you scared of making the bike companies angry and let’s move on.
MasterSlater rossbellphoto's article
Jan 23, 2018 at 10:22
Jan 23, 2018
Exclusive Loic Bruni Interview – The Steps to Success
riiiiiight... just like Danny Hart, and Troy Brosnan, etc etc Minnaar and Gwin are in an entirely different league. Good luck to all the one hit wonders!
MasterSlater vernonfelton's article
Jan 6, 2018 at 12:34
Jan 6, 2018
How Much Do Looks Matter When You’re Purchasing a Bike? - Pinkbike Poll
@twozerosix: I agree. And I’ve come to appreciate it. I do love some of the wild colors. If I ever bought something that was neon pink that I was gonna spend a bunch of time in public on, it would be a Santa Cruz! Do you think the frame aesthetics are intentional? Or more a product of function before form? Some of the European bikes look like fighter jets... I guess that would make Santa Cruz bikes the A-10 Warthog?
MasterSlater vernonfelton's article
Jan 5, 2018 at 16:03
Jan 5, 2018
How Much Do Looks Matter When You’re Purchasing a Bike? - Pinkbike Poll
@Richt2000: I see a lot of Intense bikes here in Southern California. I’ve never ridden one tho. They make some sexy frames for sure.
MasterSlater vernonfelton's article
Jan 5, 2018 at 12:33
Jan 5, 2018
How Much Do Looks Matter When You’re Purchasing a Bike? - Pinkbike Poll
First let me State by saying I love LOVE LOOOOVVVEEE my Santa Cruz 5010. The first time I rode it I think I became a Santa Cruz for life customer. Their bikes just fit me and the way I like to ride. That being said, they are some of the most boring looking bikes out there! People def neg prop me when I say this... I appreciate the wild colors... but pick pretty much any other brand (aside from Ellsworth... barf!) if you want an aesthetically interesting bike.
MasterSlater RichardCunningham's article
Nov 30, 2017 at 16:00
Nov 30, 2017
Niner Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with Pending Sale to Colorado Investment Group
Wikipedia to the rescue!!! “It follows that it may be more economically efficient to allow a troubled company to continue running, cancel some of its debts, and give ownership of the newly reorganized company to the creditors whose debts were canceled. Alternatively, the business can be sold as a going concern with the net proceeds of the sale distributed to creditors ratably in accordance with statutory priorities. In this way, jobs may be saved, the (previously mismanaged) engine of profitability which is the business is maintained (presumably under better management) rather than being dismantled, and, as a proponent of a chapter 11 plan is required to demonstrate as a precursor to plan confirmation, the business's creditors end up with more money than they would in a Chapter 7 liquidation.” Ok... I’ll admit that I had a very general perception of what Chapter 11 actually meant. Sounds like you’re doing it exactly the way it’s intended, and that current creditors may actually recoup all that they are due after the sale. Sounds like this is the way you save the business AND mitigate financial losses of current creditors. Best of luck Niner!!!
MasterSlater RichardCunningham's article
Nov 30, 2017 at 15:03
Nov 30, 2017
Niner Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with Pending Sale to Colorado Investment Group
Soooo... was Niner ever at risk of going under? Or is this really just a way to work the system and screw creditors out of their rightful due? If the sale was part of “saving” Niner from going completely broke and out of business, that’s one thing. But if it was simply a way to make the company more attractive for a buyer, while simultaneously lining Mr. Sugai’s pockets even further, then this is just a sh*tty, unethical move. I hope it was the former and not the latter. Because if it was a case of trying to legitimately save the company, just be honest about it and you’ll get more customer goodwill.
MasterSlater mikekazimer's article
Nov 7, 2017 at 15:10
Nov 7, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 7 Long-Travel 29ers
Which one is the liveliest? I know Enduro is all about going fast over rough terrain, but I still like for my bike to have an engaged, lively feel. I have a Santa Cruz 5010 and I love how responsive, playful and rowdy it is. I know these bikes are basically the polar opposite of that, but when I get my next rig it will prob be a 29er. I’ve heard/read the Specialized Enduro is the most “playful” of the current crop of long travel 29ers, but maybe I’m looking in the wrong category and should just go with an Evil Following or something more “trail” oriented?
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