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dhx42 EnduroWorldSeries's article
Jun 22, 2018 at 8:50
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EWS to Start Working With the UCI
@bman33: I think one thing we need to distinguish here is that things with UCI (or others like FIS, etc.) become a totally different animal when the IOC gets involved. It simply adds a multitude more political BS. So to compare the UCI with BMX, an olympic sport, versus DH/Enduro isn't a fair comparison. The UCI has its problems and has made its fair share of mistakes, even Martin admitted that, but I do think this is the right move for the EWS, especially on the doping front. Enduro is becoming more professional and people are making more money, which will lead to more doping - its what happens in sports. I do recommend people listen to the inside line pod with Martin - it's very interesting. My biggest two takeaways were the DH WC does an horrible job with PR in regards to issues about the WC. Explaining what goes on with the live feed (issues they have like at Ft. Bill), what they are trying to do to address problems, etc. Take the NBA for example, they do a pretty good job discussing and trying to explain league issues that they are working to address. Some things may be a total logistical cluster for some DH events and we, as fans, don't know it are left to assume that its just the UCI sucking at their job. The second is, we need to more clearly divide what is needed at the elite end of the sport vs. the grassroots level. A group like the UCI is probably best for the elite end, but struggles with the grassroots stuff, which probably needs more people on this forum helping foster that stuff than bitching about the UCI on pinkbike...
May 30, 2018 at 6:21
May 30, 2018
dhx42 alexcgevans's article
May 24, 2018 at 7:38
May 24, 2018
Review: Mons Royale Redwood 3/4 Raglan T-Shirt
Couldn't agree more. I get merino is expensive and they don't want to have a bunch SKUs, but I don't see why you can't have a logo color way and non logo (or small logo) colorway. If I am going to ride with a shirt that makes me look like I am advertising for the brand, you need to pay me to advertise the brand...
dhx42 RichardCunningham's article
May 3, 2018 at 6:46
May 3, 2018
April 2018: Good Month or Bad Month?
@millsr4: Apologies for sounding like taking a shot at you - that was not my intention. Was more speaking about the overall commentary on Asia v NA manufacturing at this time. Cheap labor was definitely the genesis for the transition and I am not suggesting that we aren't a leader on the a large number of the material technologies. I am trying to point out, albeit somewhat poorly, that there is a real manufacturing personnel and management deficit in NA that makes many of these Asian production lines a lot more efficient and effective. And in a lot of ways that is becoming more of a driving factor in manufacturing decisions that the cost of labor. Building a product like a bike is two step process - you have the design and engineering of the product you like to make and then the design, engineering, and execution of replicating the product over and over again with minimal errors. The latter, in a lot of ways, is the real difference between companies. Its difficult to do. It's a constant management challenge for a product like a bike frame. NA's labor market here is challenging. The job is either too boring for highly skilled workers who command solid pay that is worth paying or we have cheaper labor that lacks discipline to guarantee quality that their Asian counterparts have. Wish there was more love for quality manufacturing jobs, but, unfortunately, its not the reality.
dhx42 RichardCunningham's article
May 2, 2018 at 19:53
May 2, 2018
April 2018: Good Month or Bad Month?
@millsr4: Let's keep in mind that aerospace carbon manufacturing is a little different than bikes. People really underestimate the value and cost of changing manufacturing locations and operations. It's a ton of work and go be incredibly challenging. We're also assuming that there is a great workforce in NA that can ramp up to speed here - its a much more competitive labor market in NA than a lot of Asian markets. Ask a company like BD about how moving manufacturing back to the US. People whine a lot of about Asian manufacturing with some items/areas. Frankly, they are better and more efficient at making some things than in NA. in a production environment - its simply a fact. Just like with Aerospace Carbon manufacturing is better in NA. The xenophobic BS is a little old at this point.. It's not the late 1980s anymore.
dhx42 sarahmoore's article
Apr 27, 2018 at 8:00
Apr 27, 2018
The Story Behind the Start Order at the UCI World Cup DH in Losinj
@jaame: I am not sure I agree here unless I am reading the rule incorrectly. This change is funky at the start of the season which is why things look bad. As I read the rule, the top 10 in the current standings and top 10 from last year are protected riders. Won't we start to have a lot of overlap? I bet after Ft. Bill there may only be a few riders in the current top 10 who weren't the year before which would mean there would be maybe 10-13 protected riders. Wouldn't this put more pressure on qualis because the points will be harder to come by to be top ten in the current year? That being said, I do think the protected group should be guaranteed a last 20 start (they are typically the fastest down and most relevant to the series chase). But other than that the start times should be based on Quali time.
dhx42 sarahmoore's article
Apr 26, 2018 at 10:58
Apr 26, 2018
The Story Behind the Start Order at the UCI World Cup DH in Losinj
@chyu: So you would have been cool with Loris going first (since he got a flat) and having 52+ riders come down before his time was beat?
dhx42 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 5, 2018 at 12:52
Apr 5, 2018
The Provisional 2019 UCI World Cup Downhill Dates
@dthomp325: Is this really a forest service issue? I find that hard to believe given what Vail already does to the land it leases from the FS... The rumors I heard is that Vail had real issues with the UCI as a business partner. Say what you want about Vail and ski culture, but it is a pretty savvy business.
dhx42 rossbellphoto's article
Dec 20, 2017 at 15:43
Dec 20, 2017
The Interview: Greg Minnaar
You should hit up the vital podcast with the Syndicate... they provide an interesting point of view on this.
dhx42 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 30, 2017 at 8:23
Nov 30, 2017
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