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Mar 13, 2021 at 3:41
Mar 13, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@DetroitCity: Interesting but the devil is in the details with their program. Lots of limitations and the customer will still have a substantial out of pocket expense to get it replaced since labor/parts/shipping are not covered. Perhaps the rest of the industry may follow suit to some degree some day if they lose market share to Giant but I doubt it. Giant is able to do it since they manufacture most of the world’s frames.
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Mar 11, 2021 at 17:31
Mar 11, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@Baller7756: don’t make misinformed assertions about the bike business and warranty policies on pinkbike, (which has a LOT of industry employees up and down the supply chain) and not expect pushback on such assertions. Sorry for attacking you personally. Cool bikes btw. I hope you’re enjoying them.
Stampers jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 11, 2021 at 16:35
Mar 11, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@Baller7756: Your understanding of warranty is bonkers. It’s not insurance against riders wrecking their bikes. What are talking about?Name ANY company that will warranty a frame that breaks due to a rider crashing... And your understanding of the costs involved in the manufacture of a frame from factory to walking out the door of a shop is straight up amateur hour. Costs have increased across the board. Raw material (rubber, , components, labor, shipping, currency exchange rates all are playing a part in every company’s need to raise prices. It’s hitting a most sectors in the global economy. Go ask a contractor how much material costs have increased since the start of Covid. You’ll see a 10-30% increase in costs for lumber for instance. Read the recent NYT article about the disruptions to global shipping. Some companies are having to drive their goods 1000 miles from one port city to another just to get containers so they can ship their goods internationally. Ships are sitting off ports for 2-4 weeks due to labor disruptions from labor strikes and Covid restrictions. And please don’t preach about profitability on bikes. If they were so profitable, then why have the number bike shops been cut in half over the last decade. We’re those former owners so tired of making money they decided to shut their doors so they could wipe their ass with 20’s? Margin on bikes at the local level, after all the overhead won’t even keep the lights on. Service, accessories etc on top of the bike sales are what enable shops to stay open. You don’t want to pay for or can’t afford a top end bike, fine. It’s understandable. But don’t bitch foul because a bike company won’t warranty your frame when the rider caused the problem.
Stampers jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 11, 2021 at 11:35
Mar 11, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@NotNamed: try doing a full bearing replacement, or just service the frame linkage on most bikes and you’ll quickly see why the serviceability of a SC frame is so appreciated, not to mention the great suspension kinematics on SC bikes. Lots of people take time to care and service their bike. You can too if you want to save 100s if not $1000’s. Otherwise, you’re paying a shop to get your bike dialed or riding a bike that’s clapped. You want to waste $ blowing through full suspension bikes every couple seasons and ride bikes that creak horribly due to lack of service, go for it. It’s your money.
Stampers jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 11, 2021 at 6:06
Mar 11, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@Freerider-09: thank you, gotta love ignorant keyboard warriors
Stampers jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 10, 2021 at 19:24
Mar 10, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
They do have a great warranty for manufacturing defects that lead to frame breaks just like most companies. And just like everyone else, they don’t warranty rider error. Their frames are best in class, incredibly easy to service.
Stampers jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 12:07
Mar 9, 2021
North Carolina Trails Closed After Coyote Attacks on Mountain Bikers & Hikers
We hit Wild Turkey first thing Saturday AM. I guess the beast was sleeping!
Stampers jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 12:03
Mar 9, 2021
Stampers alicialeggett's article
Mar 5, 2021 at 18:29
Mar 5, 2021
Staff Rides: The N+1 Bikes of Pinkbike Editors
That dad mobile needs a stem mounted kid seat, not a rear mount. I’m two kids in and the front mounts like an “ibert” kid’s seat are so much better for both you and your child. Just my 2cents.
Stampers ralf-hauser's article
Oct 21, 2020 at 4:47
Oct 21, 2020
Review: Shimano's STEPS EP8 Motor is Great, But Not Perfect
@IMeasureStuff: completely concur. I could easily squeeze out a 40-50 mile ride if I’m putting in the work along with battery. I ride mostly in emtb mode on my Rail and use only 1-2 bars during a typical 20-25 mile after work ride.
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