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dhx42 mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2018 at 6:50
Oct 16, 2018
First Look: Fox Racing's Fall 2018 Outerwear
@michibretz: Spot on. People act like there is some conspiracy here to gouge consumers. This is a highly competitive market place, especially when you factor in there are only a handful of factories that are even good at constructing a technical jacket. Bottom line here is, if someone could figure out how to make jackets like this even 30% cheaper than this, they would do it in a heartbeat and the consumers would see those savings.
dhx42 mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2018 at 6:42
Oct 16, 2018
First Look: Fox Racing's Fall 2018 Outerwear
@oatkinso: I don't disagree with you on the whole crash aspect of owning a jacket like this. I'd probably want a cheaper jacket as well. However, it's going to be real hard to find a jacket that has the waterproof/breath ability aspects of this jacket with waterproof zippers and what not. You can get a cheap rain jacket that will feel like wearing a trash bag if you higher output rides. If you're banging out DH laps probably not a big deal, but if you are doing a XC ride that cheap jacket will probably suck and you'll be pretty wet from all of your sweat.
dhx42 mikekazimer's article
Oct 15, 2018 at 16:04
Oct 15, 2018
First Look: Fox Racing's Fall 2018 Outerwear
@oatkinso: Sorry math was a bit off. They probably sell the jacket to retailers at 50% and then their margin is 40% of that, or $60. So Fox's revenue on this jacket is probably 60% of retail because they do some direct business: $180 a jacket where your direct costs are $108 and then you have all your other costs. My point here why you may think its a rip-off to spend $300 on the jacket, Fox isn't exactly minting money with it.
dhx42 mikekazimer's article
Oct 15, 2018 at 15:50
Oct 15, 2018
First Look: Fox Racing's Fall 2018 Outerwear
@oatkinso: You can wash (or hit with the hose) a jacket and not ruin the DWR. In fact, you should be washing the jacket if it gets muddy because otherwise the mud clogs the pours in the membrane which will hurt breath ability. I am not sure what people expect in terms of price here if they want a waterproof/breathable jacket. The materials for even non-branded 3L membranes and fabrics (i.e. not gore) are not that cheap and construction costs are a little different than the ones associated with the $15 t-shirt you buy. FWIW, I bet Fox's margin on direct costs for that rain jacket are not even 50%, maybe 40% with the volume they do (I am guessing its not that much). So that's a $120 to pay for design, development, distribution, sales, marketing, etc and then hopefully you have some profit. It's not like their rolling in cash here; it's a fairly competitive market. Also (and this is a bit unrelated) the DWR does not keep you dry. The 3L membrane does. DWR keep the face fabric on the jacket from wetting out and impacting the breath ability of the membrane. The wind jacket here will shed water/snow for a little bit of time in light rain, but it will eventually wet through because the membrane/fabric of the jacket isn't waterproof.
dhx42 sarahmoore's article
Oct 9, 2018 at 7:21
Oct 9, 2018
First Ride: The 2019 Cannondale Habit is Shockingly Normal
@ka-brap: Yeah. It's funny seeing companies talk-down other suspension designs, especially Spesh, and then copy it later. Are we getting to a point where for trail bikes we are going to see horst, DW, and VPP. How long does Trek hold out on ABP before switching to horst?
dhx42 Point1Athletic's article
Oct 3, 2018 at 10:56
Oct 3, 2018
Coach Chris Kilmurray Weighs In On 2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Changes
@millsr4: Also, in terms of sponsorship dollars, Reece should get paid more (i.e. bonus) for being top 20 and being on TV for each race even if he has an issue in qualifying. It gives him, the rider, more leverage to get better support.
dhx42 Point1Athletic's article
Oct 3, 2018 at 10:16
Oct 3, 2018
Coach Chris Kilmurray Weighs In On 2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Changes
@millsr4: This season's start list/protection is different then what I described above. I am talking current season standings, like years prior. Additionally, this season had the start list modified in a way that had current season and last season rankings affect the order. I think the start list should be in reverse order of qualifying times as in years prior. However, if any top 20 riders (i.e. protected) did qualify not in the top 30 (tv spots) they would bump out the riders who had the slowest qualifying times in the top 30 and be order in reverse order of qualifying times. This has to happen if we want riders at the top end of the sport to be paid well and attract sponsorship dollars. That will hopefully lead to more teams, more coverage, and more races...
dhx42 Point1Athletic's article
Oct 3, 2018 at 8:00
Oct 3, 2018
Coach Chris Kilmurray Weighs In On 2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Changes
I would like someone to provide some analysis here before jumping to conclusions here. How many times does a protected rider (top 20 in standings) not qualify in the the top 30? How many times does a top 10 rider in the standings not qualify in the top 30? More importantly, how many times does someone who finishes the season in the top 20 have qualifying results out of the top 30 not including mechanicals and DNFs die to injury? In other words, how often is someone who has a top 20 qualifying result being bumped from TV coverage for a protected rider who didn't qualify well? We don't need Gwin sitting in the hot seat for 50 riders because he has a flat in qualifying and not see his run (and i know Redbull could record it, but its harder at that time because the time gaps between racers' start times are smaller so coverage is limited).
dhx42 mikekazimer's article
Sep 25, 2018 at 9:49
Sep 25, 2018
Review: Fox 36 GRIP2 vs. RockShox Lyrik RC2 Fork
@mikekazimer: I totally agree with you in regards to the clicks of HSC and how it relates to feel on the trail. However, with 32 options and 15 of those 32 potentially doing nothing. It's a bit challenging to establish a general baseline to start. FWIW, I set my 36 up to recommended settings and it felt horrible. I then saw people were saying that fox told them to use the fist 16 clicks from open and it feels way better. I think some clarification from Fox is necessary here.
dhx42 redbullbike's article
Sep 14, 2018 at 12:04
Sep 14, 2018
Video: Gee Atherton's Hardline Course Preview POV
@mollow: So Minnaar's complaint about a jump that seriously injured Remi wasn't valid? Maybe Remi isn't a "core" enough rider for you, but right before he got hurt he was probably one of the best DH riders in the technical/gnar areas...
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