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alreadyupsidedown nr22's article
Jun 25, 2019 at 7:45
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First Ride: Orbea's 2020 Occam Trail Bike is Light, Fast & Fun
@Climbtech: I think there are 3 main reasons they've been able to get away with it. 1: The marketing surrounding Eagle is genius. That sexy name just gets people. They see ‘Eagle’ ‘12 speed’ and the big black cassette on the back and don’t bother to read the fine print. 2: SRAM’s current product hierarchy naming system is a lot more confusing. I could keep track of it in the X7, X9, X01 days, but honestly now I can’t even tell you if XX1 is above X01 without a google search. SX sounds like it should be nicer than GX, but it’s the cheapest. Your average Joe probably has no idea. Either way, Shimano’s MTB product names have been pretty consistent since the 80’s, it’s like Camry and Corolla at this point. 3: They all look the same. That gloss black on everything, (alloy plastic or steel) with maybe a small patch of lines/texture and a different coloured logo leaves the consumer with no real visual indication of quality. Rockshox forks have been like this for a while too, so in a bike store all the bikes pretty much look identical. No doubt SRAM likes it this way. Shimano on the other hand, makes a lot more effort to visually differentiate their products with their various levels of black/grey/silver/ shiny or flat, painted or polished.
alreadyupsidedown nr22's article
Jun 17, 2019 at 12:04
Jun 17, 2019
First Ride: Orbea's 2020 Occam Trail Bike is Light, Fast & Fun
Absolutely. I’ve wanted to buy a new reasonably-priced MTB for about a year now, and NX Eagle on everything in my price range has been a huge turn off. I know that bikes are getting more expensive by the year, (thanks to unfavourable exchange rates, international trade disputes, inflation, etc etc) but with today’s technology and manufacturing capabilities, it is not acceptable to spend $2000 on a bike and receive a 610g cassette. If that is a choice I have to make, my choice is not to buy. My old hardtail will last me another year. The fact that these boat anchor group-sets have been making it onto $4000+ bikes is a laughable travesty. It’s time to remember what NX was, and continues to be: A janky, cut-cost groupset with shifting and quality barely approaching 10spd Deore. Hopefully the new 12spd SLX will banish it back to the $1500 bikes it was designed for.
alreadyupsidedown jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 13, 2019 at 17:15
Jun 13, 2019
Trickstuff's Updated Trixer Hydraulic Gyro - Crankworx Innsbruck 2019
Because they already exist. TRP Spire/Spike have pads that engage from both sides, and Paul Klampers are your USA-made boutique option. No doubt there’s an expensive German option too. You can get high quality low friction cable housing, and levers with adjustable leverage ratio. Too bad they all still fail as soon as grit enters the system. The only reason there has even been a market for those products is component makers being slow on the uptake with hydraulic road bike groupsets.
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alreadyupsidedown RichardCunningham's article
Mar 14, 2019 at 19:40
Mar 14, 2019
QBP's High-End Whisky Carbon Components will Sell on Amazon & eBay
Honestly, and I'm going to get downvoted for this... The current auto dealer distribution model that bike shops use makes absolutely no sense. It's the perfect storm for fucking over both the retailer and the customer. Ordering bikes at the start of the season to build your stock is a complete gamble. How are you, a small business owner, supposed to know if a new hot ticket item is going to sell? Do you risk not having it and turning away customers, or not being able to order it at all as the season progresses? What if you buy it, and it tanks- You're stuck selling it for cost a year and a half later. Now, throw size runs and different standards into the mix, and it's an absolute cluster fuck. Sure, bike shops get to know their customer base, and their bread and butter, but it still always comes down to a guessing game for some percentage of their inventory. Tell me it's not. I've worked at bike shops and there was always 'that bike' nobody could sell. The shear amount of product available on the market is truely staggering. Not many industries sell big ticket items through as diverse a network of retailers as the bike industry. No other sells this kind of expensive product without a nation wide marketing plan on a local level, and a corporate support strategy to manage inventory, store by store. The bike shop as a major sales avenue is dying, and honestly I don't care. Get with the times, focus on service, stock a few basic parts. There will always be some people who buy from stores, but for most, I'm sorry to say, most bike shops don't offer enough to make the increased cost and hassle worth it. Never mind the the people who experience grouchy shop owners, eliteism, and sexism. I know a few women who are legit afraid to step foot in a bike shop, and I don't blame them based on the stories they've told. Now make it cost extra for the same products? Ya fucking right.
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