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billg mattwragg's article
Oct 12, 2019 at 19:29
Oct 12, 2019
6 eMTBs from the Roc - Roc D'Azur 2019
Conversely, riding your acoustic bike makes you that much faster on an ebike. I am positive the closest to doping I will ever experience is jumping back on my Levo after a week on my Smuggler.
billg jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 8, 2019 at 8:17
Oct 8, 2019
The EWS Announces an eMTB Race Series for 2020
If you apply the argument that something shouldn't exist because we don't "need" it; there would be a lot of things that don't exist. Sport is no longer needed to determine the most virile male to defend the village from invaders; sports are about people having fun, and company's profiting from it.
billg jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 8, 2019 at 8:10
Oct 8, 2019
The EWS Announces an eMTB Race Series for 2020
@shlotch: Because it's human nature to compete against each other at everything under the sun. Why is hammer throw still a thing? Why is the 100m dash still a thing? Because someone said "hey, I bet I can do X (further, faster, longer) than you". There is no moral high ground here. But I'd put money on the people you see on the podium of e-bike racing are the same ones you see on the podium of regular bike racing. The fitter and more skilled you are on a regular bike, the faster you'll be. The faster you are on a regular bike, the faster you'll be on an e-bike.
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billg jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 2, 2019 at 13:10
Oct 2, 2019
Viathon Bikes Drop Prices & Become Available Through Walmart
As much as I agree with the general sentiment, there are some other factors that tend to get overlooked in this comparison: 1: Top spec MTB's are virtually the same as the bike being ridden at the highest levels of competition (tuning and expert mechanics aside). Top spec dirt bikes are great machines, but are thousands of dollars away from the bikes being ridden in top level competition: suspension, engine work. 2: Cost of the whole product line and economies of scale: between MX and Enduro, KTM offers 12 4-stroke models, and 9 2-stroke models (omitting anything under 125cc). The price range for the whole line ranges from $8800 to $14,100. This means that every new(or new ish) dirt bike cost an average of $10K to show up at the trail head. Also to be noted that dirt bikes come in 1 size, and most share a significant number of components. Trek by contrast, Trek offers 61 different full suspension builds, based on 31 different MTB frame sets, and each frame set can be had in different sizes. Taking e-bikes out of the mix (the new Rail) their price ranges go from $2,800 to $14,500. Considering they have hardtails, kids bikes, road bikes, fat bikes, and everything in between on top, you can see this adds up. Basic economics, the more of 1 thing you can make the cheaper it gets. KTM sells a lot more than 1 thing, but they have far less variation in product line that does Trek. And when you consider that Trek (or Giant, or Specialized) sell a lot more bikes at or below the $2500 price point vs the $10,000, so at the end of the day, they really don't have that many high dollar bikes to try to spread out those sunk costs or find efficiencies. You see this at most trail heads, yes some people show up of the newest $10K toy, but most don't. This is only magnified with smaller brands; Transition, who is arguably on the large side of the boutique side, had an annual revenue of ~$10.7M; call their average bike $5K, that's only about 2,100 bikes being sold, over a 7 model line totaling 17 different frames. So potentially they are trying to pay for all their tooling in as little as 123 frames. 3: Competition: it's good, but it can also be bad. You look on the dirt bike side, and you have KTM/Husky, Yamaha, Kawi, Suzuki, Beta, and a small handful of others; but on the MTB side there seems to be a new, high end, manufacturer, is popping up every few months. But people get into business to make money (as lofty as you goals and ideals may be, the mortgage and grocery bills need to be paid), and there are 2 ways to make money: margin and volume. The big guys (Trek, Giant, Spec, etc) have volume covered, so the only way to survive is margin. And you margin needs to cover not just the direct costs that go into the bike, but all the corporate overheads (who does your payroll? do you like to have toilets at work? what about power to run the welder?). You don't gain market share overnight, and you can't stay in business working at a loss.
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