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Feb 19, 2018 at 1:26
Feb 19, 2018
WIN a Bike Park Trip of a Lifetime to New Zealand & Australia - Contest
@worldrider: Wairoa is never getting a lift. That idea isn’t even in the stratosphere of that operation. It’s a cool place, it’s actually some decent riding. Blown out, poorly built, deforested laps in chch doesn’t sound very appealing. The riding outside of Qt is unreal, corotown is a sick trail, riding in Alexandra is super rad.
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Feb 17, 2018 at 12:17
Feb 17, 2018
Geoff Gulevich Signs With Focus
@clarky78: lolololololololololol
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bonfire mikelevy's article
Jan 28, 2018 at 23:38
Jan 28, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
@friendlyfoe: Have to develop the product, develop the manufacturing method, invest in the tooling, then actually manufacture it, ship it, insure it, distribute it, sell it through a dealer to a customer. Then stock spare frames for warranty claims, stock spare parts for the frames (links and hardware), offer dealer service. In between all of that is GST and Duty's to be paid. Then if you want to supply completes, you have choose a build spec. To match price points, customer wants and needs by region. Giant makes something like 50 different Trance models, depending which country they are selling into, all based upon what the market wants and needs from spec to color to price points. Then on top of that they have to do some marketing to make sure you want to buy one at the end of all this. Pay for someone like Elliot Jackson to go fast down a hill for 4 minutes a week on red bull TV. While we all flock to Vital Team rumors to see who is going where. Pay his mechanic, pay for the travel costs, pay for the UCI World Tour Team License. At the end of the day they need to pay all the staff involved in that journey and possibly even make a profit. But yeah, thieving bastards, that thing only costs $200.
bonfire mikelevy's article
Jan 27, 2018 at 10:52
Jan 27, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
@friendlyfoe: There’s literally hydroformed bikes at Walmart. Norco did their own hydroforming in house in the early 2000’s. I’m sure Devinci does as well. There are DIY’s for guys who have done some basic hydroforming in their garage using some standard metal work tools and a pressure washer. The big brands that would have relatively cheaper alloy frames just don’t sell them as frame only. Pretty hard to find a remedy or a trance or a stumpy alloy frame set. Also have to keep in mind that framsets usually come with a shock and typically it’s the fanciest shock at that. My Chameleon frame was a grand. Cheap.
bonfire mikelevy's article
Jan 26, 2018 at 13:04
Jan 26, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
@phobospwns: lol nothing has changed, except for everything you posted. Geo, droppers, suspension, clutched 11 speed derailluers, add to that brakes that are useful, rim widths that actually support a tire, suspension platforms combined with suspension linkages that actually do what their supposed to do. Frame manufacturing alone has improved greatly, bikes last far longer from reputable brands. Frame bearings aren’t roasted in a month. If you told someone about a 160mm 29’er, with a new fangled post that you could control from the bar, a storage container in the down tube, with 30mm wide rims and a 2.5 tire in 2008, you would have been laughed out of the industry. Online brands are awesome, but even the traditional brands are packing more and more value into their products. Each year.
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Jan 26, 2018 at 12:55
Jan 26, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
@prozach215: Clearly I don’t ride moto. Isn’t that obvious, in fact I stated it. Best in the world by who? You’ve got some of the same brands that do moto playing in both fields. Like I said I believe you that it is difficult, the commitment level those guys are riding at is insane. No doubt about it. Weight of the bikes doesn’t seem to have fallen much, if you’re 6’4” or 5’6” you all ride the same bike, which seems pretty weird to me, geometry between enduro and sx bikes seem real similar other than a slightly higher case height. Parts are all stamped and welded. Very little cnc work, very little advanced manufacturing. You can call it more durable, but I don’t think that is the case. The demands for a SX bike vs a pedal bike are so different that they aren’t comparable other than they have a similar form.
bonfire mikelevy's article
Jan 25, 2018 at 22:31
Jan 25, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
@acetasting1992: This was a 2017 KTM. I am not going to take any podium dominance by moto brand to actually mean anything. Just sitting on it, it felt so cheap. The brake levers looked like they had been developed in the 80's, compared to a servo-wave XT lever or a guide RS lever just basic. Lots of the customers we get in complain about arm pump in their races, which seemed like a pretty normal issue that can be solved by a little ergo work. Why are the blades so long? Why do I need to use my whole hand? Surely by now they could have a booster and have 1 finger brakes. Cable actuated clutch? This the 90's? You have answered my question about the suspension, was curious about that. Like buying high end TT road bikes, they come with $200 wheels as they are destined to be thrown in the trash and a some proper wheels installed. I am not bashing Moto, I think its a fascinating sport and have huge respect for those who are hitting huge jumps next to someone into a corner. Shit is wild. I just found the bike real basic, lots of steel still being used, limited composite stuff. When I work on a V4 Nomad or a S-Works Tarmac the fit and finish of the product is far superior. That could all be meaningless, but costs money to produce. The level of competition in Moto is insane, especially compared to mountain biking. We just discovered that training outside of riding is important. Not going to be anymore Brycelands in the downhill unfortunately, but there hasn't been a cowboy (someone who just rolls up to the start line and kills it) in moto in how many years? Imagine downhill racing if there was someone like Aldon Baker.
bonfire mikelevy's article
Jan 25, 2018 at 22:07
Jan 25, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
lol what? Every alloy bike is hydroformed. The key with Giant is that they are a manufacturing company first and foremost. They build a huge percentage of the worlds bikes for other brands in general. Few bike brands still own their manufacturing and for good reason, it has brought the cost down and we get far better built frames.
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