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Patrick9-32 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 5:09
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We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
@baggyferret: If you try building a custom carbon frame, including moulds which can run upwards of $100000 for each frame size, speccing it with top end kit, shipping it to your HQ, marketing it, maintaining relationships with a dealer network, giving the dealers enough margin to keep their stores going and making it worth selling your brand, possibly supporting a race team, bringing in enough money to put some back into developing new projects and paying your staff a decent wage, covering insurance costs, rent or mortgage payments on your space, repayments on the huge loans you have to get to cover the 1-200 minimum order and suddenly the step up from a $4000 cost price to you to a $10000 retail doesn't look crazy or overpriced. It looks like about as low as you can get it without making a loss.
Patrick9-32 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 3:52
20 hours
We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
There is an old saying, if you want to make a small fortune in the bike industry, start with a large one. Those big profit companies don't exist. If you want someone to sell you a bike at cost you want them not to pay themselves or make any money to put back into development and investment in their company. i.e. you want them to fail.
Patrick9-32 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 0:33
24 hours
We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
I didn't see him the first time through. Who is he? Why is he on the floor? I need answers!
Patrick9-32 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 0:32
24 hours
We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
It literally costs more to buy raw tube and paint the frame in the west than it costs to get a finished frame out of Taiwan so unless you are planning on not paying yourself for the time building the frame this is not a way to compete. Also, if you want a modern frame (hydroformed tubes etc) you need to either have local partners who can do that kind of work or massive upfront investment in machinery and tooling totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Otherwise your bike will have straight, round tubes and look like it just stepped out of 1998 or a homebuilder's garage.
Patrick9-32 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 22, 2017 at 2:15
Jun 22, 2017
Beyond the Bike: Jordie Lunn - Video
Those videos of Stevie's mum running shuttle laps for him as a teenager to help him get to where he did always warm the heart.
Patrick9-32 mikelevy's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 2:24
Jun 20, 2017
Patrick9-32 mikelevy's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 2:21
Jun 20, 2017
Is Polygon's Square One EX9 the Elusive 'One Bike'? - Review
@mikelevy: More time for riding that way. :)
Patrick9-32 mikelevy's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 2:15
Jun 20, 2017
Is Polygon's Square One EX9 the Elusive 'One Bike'? - Review
Overall you save a couple of percent on the total weight of the system (you and the bike and water and tool etc) by going to a lighter bike. It will make a difference on the climbs but not as much as traction and an efficient drivetrain will. Saving weight in the places it matters (rotating and unsprung) is important but light bikes don't make as much of a difference as you would hope.
Patrick9-32 mikelevy's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 2:10
Jun 20, 2017
Is Polygon's Square One EX9 the Elusive 'One Bike'? - Review
@mudmandhbrazil: On the other hand, Mike Levy actually rode one and can see a place for it and says the suspension claims are justified, for the climbing at least, so maybe you could ignore the comments section which is full of people judging a bike by pictures and spec tables and read the review by someone who rode the bike.
Patrick9-32 mikelevy's article
Jun 14, 2017 at 8:15
Jun 14, 2017
X-Fusion's $199 Manic Dropper Post - Review
200mm? Are you putting a dropper on your DH bike?
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