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SlodownU mikekazimer's article
May 14, 2019 at 18:06
May 14, 2019
Review: Norrona's Skibotn Gore-Tex Pro Jacket Has Hidden Hand Covers
Went to REI a few years back in spring and got a Marmot Goretex Minimalist jacket for 50% off when they were blowing out all of the winter stuff (it was $130). Best jacket I’ve ever had for rain. Cheap, it held up, still waterproof and I’ve done zero maintenance. I use it to fish, hike, sports, etc. not for riding though. Could I use it for riding? I don’t see how a $500 jacket is going to work better. Anyway, If it’s raining, I don’t ride, what for? It’s not fun, the bike takes a lot of wear and tear, and where I live the trails take a beating when they’re wet. If there’s rain in the forecast, I leave the jacket home and get wet if the rain starts while I’m in the woods, it’s part of riding.
SlodownU mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 14:04
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@ka-brap: The reality is that no one was spending that kind of money on a mountain bike back then except for hardcore roadies. People had more sense then than now apparently, its asinine to spend that much money on a bike when there are so many quality, cheaper options. That bike was a mistake for us that we paid for. We had a good relationship with the specialized rep, which is how we got it, but no one was going to buy a bike that expensive. It became a piece of floor art for a year and a half. Even our high-end customers bought OCLV's (till they got tired of breaking them) or C-Dale F2000's with the Magic Motorcycle cranks.
SlodownU mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 13:56
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@Doogster: Hadley doesn't even have a website! My Hadleys have been absolutely bomb proof. The freehub body is titanium, so no scoring or gouging there, I couldn't be happier with them.
SlodownU mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 11:44
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@ka-brap: Ugh, no. The shop that I worked in back then sold specialized, and the street price on those bikes, which was basically a works XC race bike, was more along the lines of $4500. It sold $3k that because Trek had just come out with the OCLV, and that was the new hot ticket that every racer wanted, and even the OCLV didn't cost more than $2500 fully pimped out. That Specialized sat there burning a hole in the floor for over a year till we gave it away for $3k.
SlodownU mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 6:42
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@ka-brap: Dude, you have no clue. I was riding in 1994, and as dthomp325 says, there were no $6k hardtails, not even the titanium Fat Cities or Voodoos. Maybe if you were persistent, you could have gotten Ben Serotta to custom make you one out of Ti and come close. If you think that paying $7-8k for a bike with mid-tier components and an imported carbon frame is a good value, then by all means go right ahead pay it.
SlodownU mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 5:39
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@dominic54: Its exactly this practice that has now brought us to $7-8k bikes with mid-tier suspension, house-brand components, and cheap wheels.
SlodownU mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 5:36
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@cvoc: The problem with this price point is the existence of Chris King and Hadley, which are really aspirational, and now the cheaper option.
SlodownU rieseldesign's article
Apr 29, 2019 at 7:35
Apr 29, 2019
Video: Building and Painting a Custom, Full Metal Jacket Themed V10
Agree 100%. Cool bike and cool artwork, but nothing here that ties to the movie at all. Picture of Gny. Sgt. Hartman? Nope. Private Pyle? Nope. Ok, here's some low hanging fruit that they missed; Put "Born to Kill" on the helmet. Plus, at that point in the Vietnam war, no one wore camo field kit except for Special Forces. May sound like splitting hairs, but if you're going to tie something back to an iconic Kubrick film, there needs to be something there that actually ties back to it.
SlodownU mikelevy's article
Apr 7, 2019 at 19:10
Apr 7, 2019
Review: SRAM's New G2 Ultimate Brakes
@willycoolman: Hey Willy, I’ve been riding and wrenching on bikes before you were even a wet spot in your daddies pants, so why don’t you go swan dive into a pile of dicks.
SlodownU jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 6, 2019 at 6:09
Apr 6, 2019
UCI Threatens to Impose 'Disciplinary Measures' on Licensed Riders Who Compete in FIM eMTB Series
Both eMTB series suck equally and hopefully will kill each other off Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill style.
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