Round Up: 13 Bike Industry Jobs Available Right Now

Jan 22, 2024 at 8:10
by Ed Spratt  



We thought we'd round up some of the more awesome-looking job opportunities in the bike industry that we've seen lately. The ones where you're most likely to be able to jump out for a ride at lunch or get to geek over bike-related things all day.

Don't see anything that you're interested in? Many of these companies have multiple jobs posted on their websites, so we'd recommend doing a deep dive into the career section on each company's website. Still nothing? Lots of companies will have a jobs@ email address for you to send your resume to and they'll reach out if something comes up that is suited to your skillset. Happy hunting!





Hunt Wheels & Privateer Bikes
MTB Brand Manager

bigquotesThe Rider Firm USA seeks an exceptional candidate to fill the role of MTB US Brand Manager. In this full-time role, you will work in person 5 days per week in our Boulder HQ, bridging the worlds of product development, engineering, supply chain and marketing. The Rider Firm USA

Salary Range: $50,000 - $65,000

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Hunt Trail Wide 29er wheels




International Police Mountain Bike Association
Executive Director

bigquotesThe International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) seeks an exceptional executive to lead this dynamic association of over 2500 public safety cyclists. We provide standardized, specialized training to public safety personnel throughout the United States and Canada. IPMBA

Salary Range: $90,000 - $100,000

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Berd Spokes
Independent Sales Representative

bigquotesBerd is seeking experienced, proven dealer reps for all markets covering the USA. Berd Spokes

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Specialized
Rider Care Representative

bigquotesWe’re looking for a Rider Care Representative to join Specialized UK, providing first-class customer service support to our retail partners and fellow riders. Specialized

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SRAM
Graphic Designer

bigquotesThe Graphic Designer conceptualizes, develops, and implements visual design solutions that meet communication strategies and reflect SRAM’s brand identity. The communications are implemented in a wide range of graphic applications including print, environment, social media, digital, motion, soft goods, and emerging media. SRAM

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Madison
Warranty Technician

bigquotesWe are now recruiting for an additional Warranty Technician to join our Warranty Team based at Knowlhill, Milton Keynes to help us maintain our high standards and to be part of our continuing success story.

Reporting to the Warranty & GSR Manager, the successful candidate will have experience in managing own workload, with responsibility of warranty review and decision making. He/she will need to be an enthusiastic team player with a proven track record of achieving their goals.
Madison

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Madison Saracen Team Myst 2017 Bikes and Kits




Muc-Off
Videographer/Photographer

bigquotesAs the business continues to grow at a fast pace, we have a new position for a Videographer/Photographer who will support our global bicycle & powersports content team, at our Head Office in Poole, Dorset.

The Videographer/Photographer is responsible for maintaining a high standard and level of content for our bicycle & powersports division. Supporting the Head of Content and team in delivering content on time and in full, this role is an exciting blend of hands-on camera operation, to editing and planning. The role would suit an individual with all round production skills and capabilities.
Muc-Off

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Forbidden Bikes
Bookkeeper

bigquotesForbidden Bike Company is growing and looking to add a bookkeeper to the team! Our ideal candidate will be responsible for timely and accurate processing of payments, expenditures, and maintaining the accuracy of the accounting system. aaa

Salary Range: $25-28/hr

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Forbidden Druid V2 photo Liam Morgan




Trek
Prototype Technician - Fabricator Welder

bigquotesJoin Trek Bikes as a Prototype Machinist and Fabricator Welder, where you'll play a pivotal role in creating high-tolerance prototypes from conception to completion. Trek

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Shimano
Brand Coordinator

bigquotesAs Brand Coordinator at Shimano, you would facilitator between Sales/ Marketing/Product teams and the Customer / Consumer contributing to the execution of an excellent marketing plan. We are looking for someone who is proactive in approach. One who can bring about new ideas and implement them and is willing to work as a team. Shimano

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Shimano Deore on Vancouver s North Shore 2020




Santa Cruz
Solutions Architect

bigquotesYou will join a collaborative ERP team focused on continually improving our SAP S/4 HANA and SAC platforms and also be a part of a green field implementation for our sister company, Cervelo. You will work directly with the Finance and Controlling subject matter experts and Business Systems Analysts to align on system and process improvement opportunities and priorities. This will involve managing demand for new capabilities, process improvements, data quality, and leveraging application software capabilities. Santa Cruz

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YT
Warranty Coordinator

bigquotesAs a warranty coordinator you will play a critical role in providing post purchase services to our end consumer. This includes troubleshooting technical issues, processing warranty claims, as well as handling logistics and documentation. This is a customer facing role with a strong emphasis on customer satisfaction through professional communication and efficient task processing. YT

Salary Range: $20-23/hr

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SRAM
Regulatory Compliance Engineer

bigquotesDue to SRAM’s advancing presence in the E-Bike market, we are looking for a Regulatory Compliance Engineer at one of our offices in Germany to support us with the ongoing and newly emerging tasks and challenges.SRAM

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255 Comments
  • 308 1
 mountain bike police?
what is that - through headset cable routing?! $10k fine!!
  • 73 8
 Sentence: Having cables routed in through your mouth and out through your ass.
  • 14 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: It's a well traveled route. Since we're talking tourism here, it's not exactly off the beaten track.
  • 9 2
 @mi-bike: would in through the nose and out through the urethra suit you better?
  • 3 0
 @st-alfie: anatomy doesn't check out there...
  • 5 0
 @twonsarelli I think there should be a PB comments section police / judge & jury. Catch someone doing something, put the details in an article, and let the props decide their fate.
  • 4 0
 It's not really supposed to be a functional suggestion. I don't think the bodies inability to absorb the cables into the bloodstream is the main hurdle here.
  • 2 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: dont' think it will shift any worse
  • 4 2
 SRAM -Graphic Designer: About time
  • 5 5
 @heavyp: Maybe they’ll consult a professional before picking the next Lyric lower color. That green is a crime against cycling.
  • 3 0
 @sfarnum: Not going to defend Lyrik army green, but remember Fox's pistachio?
  • 2 1
 @mi-bike: and it's the only well paid job of all listed above, except for the one at SC
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: OMG , thats it for the day. cant get the picture out of my head
  • 3 0
 @bishopsmike: arent mods the police?
  • 7 0
 @mior: no, mods are The Jam, The Police did Roxanne.
  • 1 0
 $10k? They're getting off lightly.
  • 3 0
 @justwan-naride: No, I’ve repressed that memory too.
  • 188 8
 MTB Brand Manager... Salary = barely enough to afford a room in the basement of your mum's house.

Bike Industry.... do better.
  • 65 1
 Bike industry is not where its at for making a livable wage. Reminds me the time I applied at Santa Cruz for west coast account executive and the pay was less than a bike shop manager… ridiculous
  • 30 0
 @porkchopsandwich: Mum would still have to be charging rent in Boulder... haha
  • 15 1
 That doesn't scream 'exceptional' candidate to me.
  • 24 0
 In Boulder of all places. You'd have to sleep in your car.
  • 50 0
 Seriously. That PM role for Hunt is less than 1/2 the market value. Add that to needing to live in Boulder, which has a much higher cost of living than most places in the US. It's a sad reminder for why I got out of working in this industry.
  • 13 0
 @wako29: I deluded myself into thinking that 17 years in the industry would leave me with good options and solid financial stability. Think again. I’m ecstatic to have moved on, but I’ll remember all of those years fondly nonetheless.
  • 53 0
 In an industry where the answer to every question is a Shreddit maybe you don’t need experience, just supportive parents and a mustache.
  • 28 0
 Considering that a brand manager spends most of their time on hootsuite, CRM software and social media, the 5 days per week in-person requirement is a joke. But hey, people with "3+ year experience" don't know much better, perhaps?
  • 31 0
 @tremeer023: EXACTLY! How can you expect to attract committed, talented people with piss poor wages relative to every other industry. It reads like " I am looking for a high end carbon race bike but I wont pay more than $2,100"
  • 12 40
flag rhamej (Jan 22, 2024 at 10:01) (Below Threshold)
 Let's say you split the salary range at $57,500. That brings you home roughly $3846 a month.
smartasset.com/taxes/colorado-paycheck-calculator#RPjF2lp0hg


Average 1bdrm in Boulder is $1750.
www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/city/colorado/boulder


Cost of living expenses if you live pretty frugal.
Utilities - $150
Health Insurance - $200
Food - $400
Misc - $300


After paying all that, you still have roughly 1k left. Not that bad if you are single. You definitely won't be living like a king, but you won't be struggling that bad. If you are trying to raise a family, ya, no way.

I do agree that asking for a bachelors degree and 3 yrs of experience with that salary range is way off. Should be low 80's to high 90's.
  • 7 24
flag hohmskullkrishten (Jan 22, 2024 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 Quite simply, you guys are pretending that this isn't the bike industry. Bike company wages don't always support a family and a nice house, but not everybody needs that initially and that's who these jobs attract. If it's your first job in the bike industry alot of people are just stoked to do what they love full time.
  • 26 2
 @rhamej: Not bad if you're single? It's not a entry level position. Misc covers? Car payment and insurance? Cost of having fun, bikes are not free. Cell phone? I guess borrow you're ex girlfriends Netflix....and who want to plan or save for the future..Never gonna be able to save for house, or afford it if you could get the downpayment. A mortgage should only consume 28% of your income ($1120 per month based on your numbers {which is lolz for CO}). What is the $200 (that not accurate to todays rates) health insurance going to do, you are basically stuck doing nothing and trying to not get sick or injured.
  • 15 2
 @rhamej: You could make it work, maybe, but forget anything additional, like....... a social life, transportation beyond the Boulder bus system, much less saving anything for retirement, emergency expenses, student loan repayment (because college degree) or travel. If I was coming out of college and had three years experience, that salary/ expense balance wouldn't keep me in the industry very long.

And we haven't even begun to factor in bike expenses..........
  • 10 26
flag twonsarelli FL (Jan 22, 2024 at 11:02) (Below Threshold)
 @dcaf: i started my current job at $42k a year almost 10 years ago. it wasn't a ton of money but it was more than i'd ever made. over the years i made more and more money and now and have a mortgage, a reliable car, 2 bikes and 19 pairs of skis, plus all the sporting accoutrement. i also live in a very expensive area relatively speaking. so $57k a year sounds pretty decent for someone in their 20s if you ask me. at least it is a place to start and work you way up. maybe if they don't get any takers at that salary they'll be forced to bump up the pay to find a good candidate
  • 8 0
 @hohmskullkrishten: The bike industry needs to change then. "Passion" & "stoke" should not outweigh an appropriate wage. More often than not it does and brands are banking on the fact that some stoked person will accept meager wages because they are told "thats the way it is" and be shocked when turnover is high.
  • 18 0
 @rhamej: Agreed, if you have a family there is no way. But even if you're single there's some additional expenses to account for...

+ Student Loan - $300 (low to mid range for national average)
+ Vehicle Loan - $200 (even for a modest vehicle with low rate)
+ Vehicle Insurance - $181 (Colorado average)
+ Vehicle Fuel - $100
+ 401K / Savings - $200

Leaves $65, or if you want to include that with 'Misc' then you'll have a whopping $365.

Sure, someone could have played their cards right and paid for school up front and be driving an efficient mpg vehicle with low insurance that is paid for, but it's more likely that the ideal candidate has student loans and needed a loan for a reliable vehicle.

Again, just doubling down on agreeing with you and others that the pay should be higher for the requirements and expectation to be a Brand Manager, that's no entry level role.
  • 8 5
 @flembake: Ya, people here are reading way to much into what I said. Top comment here makes it sound like you will be living in the ghetto or on the streets. I was just saying it's doable. Never did I say you were gonna get rich at it. I even said that I agree that the salary is way to low for the requirements they are asking for ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 10 3
 The average rent in Boulder, CO shows to be over $2,400 per month. Over half of your salary would go just to paying for an apartment that's considered average.
Man, nothing like requiring your employees to have to have two jobs because you refuse to pay them
  • 13 1
 @twonsarelli: Cool story, but was your $42k a year job in a place where $42k is reasonable? Because $42k in Boulder, CO is not the same as $42k in most other places in the US.
  • 6 0
 @twonsarelli: " and 19 pairs of skis" wut? Is the N+1 formula for skiing different than it is with bikes???
I know little about skiing, have only done it a few times and am truly curious.
  • 7 9
 @nickfranko: as i said before, i live in a very expensive location. there are currently 4 locations for sale for less than $500k in my whole town, according to zillow (only 47 in boulder at the moment). my point was that when i started, i could not afford a home or many luxuries. over time, i increased my value to my employer and therefore the wages i could demand. i'm not saying $57k is a crazy amount of money, just that for a young person, it might be a completely reasonable starting wage.
two things can be true at the same time- boulder is expensive AND someone can make it work at $57-58k starting wage
  • 3 0
 @ReformedRoadie: i think for skiing it is more like n^4 + 3
  • 2 9
flag KK11 (Jan 22, 2024 at 12:30) (Below Threshold)
 @rhamej: lol. “Should be” says who? You?
  • 7 0
 @wako29: everyone i know who works in the bike industry is living off their parents money. getting paid 20/hr is a lot when your parents are giving you 1500/mo for rent and food.
  • 2 0
 @draggingbrake: not bad if you are single and your parents pay all your bills. plenty of fun/beer money.
  • 2 0
 @nickfranko: the average rent if you’re looking to live alone. For a younger person who wants to get in the bike industry and doesn’t care about roommates, which a lot of people in Boulder don’t, then you could make it work.
  • 5 0
 @everythingsucks: You hit the nail on the head. That salary range is great for an entry level position in Boulder, not a Brand Manager...
  • 5 1
 @rhamej: you must be getting some free utilities in there somewhere at $150, and try $600+ a month minimum for food if you lead an active lifestyle (I cook from home & never go out)
Presuming your partner takes care of the expenses/accounting as you seem very detached from current world expenses, haha!
  • 1 5
flag everythingsucks FL (Jan 22, 2024 at 14:27) (Below Threshold)
 @flembake: then you’ve got manager on your resume for when you want to get a real job. Win win.
  • 2 8
flag rhamej (Jan 22, 2024 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 @RBalicious: Where in the world are you eating for one person for $600 a month? Is that CAD? My 2 teens and myself hover around $800 a month. And that's eating out, a lot. And not penny pinching on groceries one bit.
  • 6 0
 @twonsarelli: the ones in Boulder that are less than $500k are all “affordable housing”.

This wage in Boulder is ridiculous. You’ll never get a strong candidate to apply at that wage.
  • 1 0
 50-65k in boulder.

Is this why RTT’s are so popular?
  • 8 0
 Quick search - same salary as McDonald's Manager in Colorado Springs.
  • 4 0
 @rhamej: doubt that tremendously unless you’re buying groceries at dollar general and eating at McDonalds
  • 3 1
 @RBalicious: You want to see my bank statement? Not sure why that's so hard to believe. Looks like you live Medford? Food prices are a lot cheaper here in San Antonio. Bad part is we have shitty riding!

www.numbeo.com/food-prices/in/San-Antonio

www.numbeo.com/food-prices/in/Medford
  • 6 0
 And I am wrong about food in Boulder. Holy crap, food prices there are nuts. So you got me there.
  • 1 0
 @BenLow2019: that McDonald’s is making way more money.
  • 4 0
 @everythingsucks Very valid point if the role wasn't "North American Brand Manager". That is a upper level industry job that requires years of experience to actually do well in. That should be $75-80k salary starting with someone with 5+ (more like 10) years of experience.
  • 7 2
 @Dorkin: I don't think you guys read the job post at all.

"We are looking for a dynamic, energetic, and innovative brand manager or marketer who has 3+ years experience in public relations, email marketing, print and digital advertisement, sports marketing, event marketing, content creation, and social media marketing."

It's a fancy name for social media person. Go to events, set up a tent, post on insta, send out spam email etc. You all have industry jobs confused with real world jobs.
  • 5 2
 @everythingsucks: Exactly. This is a job for someone with a good understanding of social media (i.e., everyone) and Customer Relations Management software (i.e., plenty of people).

Note also that a BS degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field (or should I say, BS Marketing Degree?) is appreciated but not required.

The applicant pool for this type of job is massive and will contain plenty of 18-to-25-year-olds who won't mind (and perhaps might even be excited about) the salary on offer.
  • 8 6
 For 3 years experience and the job description on the ad this salary is fine. This is an entry level job for someone who recently graduated, loves riding bikes, and wants to be involved in the industry. When I was a recent grad (3 years experience is recently graduated with some prior industry experience, if not you just suck at writing a CV) I worked in the craft beer industry. Made terrible money, lived in a terrible house with 8 roommates, ate a ton of terrible spaghetti. But, I got real management experience on my resume, learned a lot about life, was up to my nipples in free beer all the time and went to tons of industry parties. And I was living in a very, very expensive part of Canada at the time and making far less than was advertised in this ad. I ended up buying a house a lot later in life than a few of my friends but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And, to be fair, I left that job and industry because the money was lousy, but it was a great stepping stone and I enjoyed the hell out of it. I can imagine how much fun a role in the bike industry would be for a 20 something with minimal commitments and a love of riding!
  • 1 0
 No future Bien industry pays its workers With RICE
  • 1 4
 Don't apply..
  • 21 1
 Hey bike industry, stop charging so much for bikes, but also stop cutting funding to racing teams, but also stop filing for bankruptcy, but also pay entry level brand managers at least 100k/year, but not higher level management because somewhere between brand manager and CEO it stops being us and starts being them, and definitely stop with cable tourism.
- pinkbike comment section
  • 1 0
 @Dorkin: SC wanted low 50k lol
  • 5 1
 @gmiller720: looked at the long list of roll responsibilities...To me, they're trying to fill two positions with one underpaid person. It's not entry level.
  • 3 1
 @gmiller720: Very valid.

The rider firm is UK based. $65k USD is £50k GBP. That would be adequate for that role most places in the UK, but doesn't really cut it in Boulder, CO.

In Boulder you're not going to get an experienced brand manager for that and I think that's reflected in the fact they're asking for relatively little experience. They're probably hoping to get a young person who hasn't held that role before but is smart and who can cope on that salary (because they'll share a house with housemates and have no dependents etc). Young person gets "brand manager" on their CV and can step into a significantly better paying role after 1-3 years. Hunt gets a decent person for cheap-ish. It's not criminal imo, they will get what they pay for. At least they're advertising the salary.
  • 1 0
 @totaltoads: that must be nice! But seriously, when that's what it takes to work in this industry, something is broken.
  • 1 2
 and be happy about it. or they could go to AI for the task
  • 1 0
 @Smoorbs: lots of flannel helps too.
  • 1 4
 @twonsarelli: Lemme guess… you’re a bachelor. Try having a family with that salary
  • 4 0
 @clawhands: read what I wrote. I specifically said for a young person it may be a workable salary and they can work to grow their value over time to demand a higher salary. I never said it can support a family.
  • 4 0
 @twonsarelli: No use arguing with them. Average salary in Boulder is 82k. There is below that, and above that. 57k for a single person doing basically an entry level marketing job is more than doable.
  • 3 0
 @rhamej: ironically, according to census.gov, per capita income in Boulder is $57339. Not exactly the ideal metric to use for comparison but funny nonetheless
  • 1 0
 @tom666: They’re advertising the salary because Colorado state law requires them to do so.
  • 89 0
 Yeah, $50-65k for a Brand Manager-level position in Boulder is laughable.
  • 20 0
 Agreed. The breadth and depth of experience they're requiring should command a much higher salary.
  • 29 3
 Its pathetic. Do not support this brand
  • 12 0
 @jdeg: "3+ yrs experience". It's pretty much a (poorly paid) entry-level position.
  • 17 1
 @Jer3myF: truth. As an ex-longtime industry guy, I really pick and choose who to support these days based off each brand's offline reputation and willingness to support their employees.
  • 4 0
 @GTscoob: I'd be interested to hear your opinion on which brands have it right. Worked in the industry on the brand side and feel the same way here: support the ones truly supporting their employees.
  • 1 4
 Oh, I thought that was quite a lot of money actually. Is the cost of living particularly high in the US? I'm a university teacher but I don't make nearly as much money as that.
  • 8 1
 @vinay: Yes, living costs in desirable areas is very high in the US. Boulder is a very popular 'outdoorsy' town for skiing, mountain biking, etc. Most people will need $2K usd per month for rent/mortgage alone. If the company isn't covering health insurance then add another $4-600 depending on your health and coverage (no universal healthcare in the US). Colorado is widely spaced out, you have to drive a lot to get anywhere for said 'outdoorsy' fun so factor in average $200 per month for gas and car maintenance. Car + renters/home owners insurance roughly $200. Colorado is cold in the winter and warm in the summer so utilities will be pretty high depending on how well insulated your living space is, so factor at least $150 per month. If you're a cyclist and riding regularly, factor $800 for food unless you want to eat crap. Phone, internet, subscriptions, etc $100. That already adds up to more than the monthly takehome you'd get from the average of their advertised pay range. So you'd have zero left for doing any of the fun 'outdoorsy' stuff that is the whole motivation for living there in the first place. Considering that you are managing an entire brand(s), this seems low. Perhaps there is an incentive structure that they did not mention that rewards certain performance metrics.
  • 3 2
 50k @gas station attendent/patty flipper Cali.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: Cost of living depends on the location. Boulder, CO has an average rent of about $2,400 a month.
Your take-home, assuming you have zero deductions for insurance, would be about $4k. This leaves you $1,600 a month to survive from. Food, clothing, gas, car insurance.
You'd essentially be living paycheck to paycheck
  • 5 1
 @VladWolodarsky: realistically there are a lot more companies I won't touch than those I will, also coming from a manufacturer side of the industry. But I'm not here to air dirty laundry and hearsay.

I'm a big Cane Creek fan, gotta love an employee-owned company and I have a few longtime friends over there. Currently I'm riding Reeb and Esker MTBs, buncha solid guys in leadership and on the ground at both brands. I try to wear 7mesh and TLD from knowing folks at those companies. I would have recommended Nukeproof as well given the team over there but hard to say what the next crew will be like.
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: Huh? Is this a position?
  • 3 0
 Bike companies don't listen to their own value propositions for selling bikes when it comes to hiring people: you get what you pay for.

And then they wonder how nearly all of them got into the positions they have been in for the past year.
  • 2 2
 @nickfranko: Seems reasonable to me though of course it depends on how many kids you have to feed and whether you have a partner who has a comparable income. But yeah, those who feel it is too little obviously shouldn't apply.
  • 2 0
 @GTscoob: Agreed, more that I don't want to support. Appreciate the callouts. The folks at Cane Creek are fantastic.
  • 9 0
 Honestly $50-65k for a Brand Manager ANYWHERE in the United States is laughable.
  • 1 0
 @Jer3myF: to be fair other brands just dont advertise it, but it does not mean they pay better. Basically, if no one takes the job they'll put a higher salary if they really need it. But if all the others are also 50-65k.. and you need a job asap.. yep.

Basically I'll command them for being upfront about salary. If other did the sames, salaries are more likely to go up. I'd blame all other brands first because of that.
  • 6 0
 @p1nkbike: don't commend them for anything, it's Colorado law. Anyone posting a job position in the state of Colorado has to post the salary range, and it has to be a realistic salary range (not $50-250K with the intention of it actually being $50-65K).
  • 3 2
 @hypermoto: according @rhamej $400 a month is all is needed and $800 will cover two teens and themself dying laughing at this. I consume at least $500 worth of food a month minimum and never go out to eat.
  • 3 0
 @Jer3myF: It's more common in ALL action sports than you think. The perception is... hey you're lucky to work in an industry you love. 40% pay cut. it's pretty standard across the board with a large amount of brands. If you had to choose your brands based on how they take care of their employees and how they value their employees you'd run out of brands to support.
  • 1 4
 Don't apply...
  • 3 1
 @kilz: Not sure if anyone in here is realizing that 'Brand Manager' in this case, is a fancy term for social media person. Not a very fancy gig.
  • 1 1
 @gnarnaimo: People do seem to expect to receive a lot of money for the gig though. You don't just get onto the socials without a proper phd.
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: Brand Manager has become a pretty open term these days and it doesn't always mean managers. It can be everything from an associate level to a senior manager level... $100k difference in pay... same title.
  • 1 0
 @RBalicious: I actually thought I was being conservative as I know a lot of people who spend much more. Granted I live in Issaquah where everything is expensive, but if you want organic/grass fed/etc its easily $200 a week for a 180lb athletic male.
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: Ah that makes a bit more sense. But still, if they are hiring for a "brand manager" people are going to want competitive brand manager $.
  • 77 0
 That Berd position might have some strings attached.
  • 2 3
 This deserves more upvotes
  • 1 1
 I imagine the sales Rep will look like Peter from Family Guy and use the Surfin Bird song to sell wheels! lol

youtu.be/uSlB4eznXoA?si=uAXQVig7kBbD0liV
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 @dcaf: bing
  • 1 0
 Brilliant
  • 61 0
 No wonder the bike industry is in the red, with these salaries, it’s clearly run by children!
  • 17 0
 Imagine if bikes were actually priced to support proper wages! Yikes!
  • 9 1
 At least we know that the high price of some of the things we buy aren’t going to fund the exorbitant salaries and cushy lifestyles of industry brand managers.
  • 11 0
 The bike industry is the liberal arts degree equivalent to a career. Lots of fun wrapped in poverty unless you have family money.
  • 59 0
 20k bikes and minimum wage employees
  • 4 6
 Is there any industry that works differently? Minimum wage runs the world, sadly.
  • 2 17
flag jrocksdh (Jan 22, 2024 at 11:06) (Below Threshold)
 @sanchofula: min wage actually reduces working class from earning more $ in many cases. Esp overtime laws
  • 6 11
flag stravaismyracecourse (Jan 22, 2024 at 11:33) (Below Threshold)
 @sanchofula: Tech. 15 hours a week, $270k salary.
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: I know that, but then you know what I'm saying too.
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 @stravaismyracecourse: "tech" doing what for fifteen hours gets you 270k? I'm a full time medical provider and I don't make that much!
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 @stravaismyracecourse: Huh. Why doesn't everybody work in tech with that much money for so little time?
  • 3 0
 @bocomtb: because you need a boatload of experience and degrees to get that kind of salary. masters or higher and about 10 years of exp.
  • 1 2
 @sanchofula: 15 hours was an exaggeration for humor. I average 40 hours a week doing bizops at a FAANG company. About 40% of my salary is in equity, so in a down or flat year I could get 270k, but in a good year, it could hit 360k. There are definitely people who "Rest&Vest" and do the bare minimum, but my particular tech company has wisened up to that approach and has laid off a lot of people in the last year.

I'm on the "soft skill" ladder as well. Senior Staff Engineers can very easily say 550k-750k in a year.
  • 1 2
 @bocomtb: Because it's very, very hard to get in. As an engineer, you need to have exceptional engineering talent. As a bizops person, you need to have multiple years of experience working at a top tier company. I averaged 70 hours a week for almost 7 years working at McKinsey, never being home for more than 24 hours at a time. Getting into McKinsey is almost impossible, getting into a FAANG company after that is just as hard. The number of applicants who are extended an offer is less than .001%.
  • 3 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: lmao don't lie to them, FAANG is a joke and its easy to get in if you know how. if youre doing 70 hours a week youre doing it wrong
  • 35 0
 Mmmmmmmm warranty coordinator. That sounds really really great. I bet the perks are all the great people you meet.
  • 1 0
 You just have to memorize this: Oh really? No, this hasn’t happened to anyone else. First we’ve heard of that one there.
  • 38 2
 If you can't even post your salary/hour rate, then f*ck off.
  • 13 0
 I just assumed they were volunteer positions given the state of the bike industry
  • 3 0
 @DizzyNinja: Kaz is/was an unpaid intern, right?
  • 31 0
 Brand Manager up to $65K in Colorado Front Range...that's basically poverty level
  • 2 0
 Dude, exactly. I recently saw an Environmental position posted (Denver metro area) from my previous employer and the range was $51-70k. And it wasn’t entry level. Good luck with that BS.
  • 3 0
 Is life so expensive in US?
I thought it would be about on the same level as here in EU.
Our living standard is supposed to be pretty high, yet with our 50+% taxes on salary + 21% VAT we can more than comfortably live from a salary like that?
  • 1 1
 @hubertje-ryu: overall I would consider living in the US to be expensive and definitely in the higher demand states like California, Colorado, etc. $50-70k in the Denver metro (Colorado) is doable but definitely not easy. Be well!
  • 30 0
 Nothing beats an episode of Payday Fails to refresh interest in boring industries that pay livable wages.
  • 29 1
 YT Warranty Coordinator. Fix all the issues but forget about a living wage, peasant.
  • 3 0
 Constant problem taker. No thanks
  • 2 1
 hopefully no one currently is in need of a warranty!
  • 3 0
 @jrocksdh: job like that needs to come with an assigned therapist
  • 25 0
 MTB Industry:

"To qualify for this very basic role you'll need a university degree and 5 years of experience working in a related field. You'll need to be motivated to make whatever personal sacrifice necessary to help achieve the companies financial goals, as we live by a work hard, play hard philosophy and we expect you to do the same. Got that, dweeb?"


Also MTB Industry:

"Oh and btw, we can only pay you like $20/h. You're cool with that though, right? Just think off all the employee benefit discounts."




Straight-up ridiculous.
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flag totaltoads (Jan 22, 2024 at 13:19) (Below Threshold)
 Is it though?

Everyone i know who works in bike shops in my area is making 17-20/hr, and there are no shortage of applicants with college degrees, because it's a 'cool' job and they get bike stuff for cheap. it's a vanity thing. a lot of lifestyle/outdoors jobs are. they are for the idle wealthy folks who don't need livable wages.

and they also have family money so when they get bored they will just go home and work for dad's office.
  • 22 0
 I'd like to petition PB to not publish jobs for which no salary range is provided. Making applicants do all the work before even revealing arguably the most crucial part of any job is disrespectful and cowardly.
  • 22 0
 Wow. Bike industry is REALLY hurting if you can make more money flipping burgers than doing these positions.
  • 22 1
 Solutions Architect writeup induces heavy eye glazing.
  • 10 0
 Lots of jargon for sure. In normal English: "Set up and improve the system that tracks inventory, order flow, and financial data. Work with the people who are using the system to get it set up the way they want it. Make sure the data is reliable"
  • 2 1
 Ya, no idea what the job actually is, lol. Sounds complex, but probably not.
  • 3 0
 @Ryawesomerpm: Usually the complexity of this kind of jobs is mostly in the alignment between different departments and teams. Most of the times the solutions are common sense and relatively easy to figure out for people that have good problem solving skills, however the execution and alignment requires more effort than the technical implementation.
These roles require a very good understanding of both the technical systems and data platforms as well as business SOP and functions.
It's a very interesting job but can be extremely frustrating at times since it can feel that not much progress is done as it requires a lot of continuous improvements, communications and alignment rather than massive changes. It the end it's a bit like Himalayan mountaineering.
  • 5 0
 What's this I hear about you having problems with your TPS reports? Didn't you get that memo?
  • 1 0
 @dick-pound: And because they run SAP, the implementation will be time-consuming and expensive.
  • 1 0
 Haha, I thought the same thing. It's really depressing that a brand like Santa Cruz need a SAP solutions architect.

The trek welder/fabricator one was the most interesting
  • 3 0
 @mike425: lol try using SAP without solutions architects and see how far that gets you
  • 15 0
 You’ll be paid more to wash dishes here in Queenstown than to book keep for forbidden. Plus tips. And you can ride in the day if you wash the dishes.
  • 2 0
 If you're earning money as a dishwasher in Queenstown you can ride by day and sleep on a park bench at night.
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 Free healthcare too? What's the catch?
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 “You will join a collaborative ERP team focused on continually improving our SAP S/4 HANA and SAC platforms and also be a part of a green field implementation for our sister company, Cervelo.”

Thank god I don’t have a corporate job. The bullshit overfloweth.
  • 17 5
 Your lack of understanding doesn't make it bullshit. As far as descriptions go, that's a pretty tangile outline of what systems/platforms you'll be working on integrating.
  • 2 0
 “Solutions architect”. Sounds like bullshit.
Does that mean you have to use your brain at work?
  • 5 4
 @stravaismyracecourse: It’s not a lack of understanding, just a lack of interest in collaboratively and continually improving some bullshit designed to make money for the hedge fund that bought a bike brand. Also, don’t insult my intelligence in the same breath that you misspell “tangible”.
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 @sfarnum: Your comment sounds EXACTLY like a lack of understanding of what they are describing.
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 " I'm telling you, some of this language makes me want to vomit. Well, maybe not vomit. Makes me want to engage in an involuntary personal protein spill." - George Carlin
  • 2 1
 @sfarnum: I'm not sure how I insulted your intelligence. You could be the best/brightest person at your trade for all I know, and in no way did I make any assumptions about your intelligence. Niche understanding of technological frameworks is not an indicator of intelligence, especially for someone who works outside of the tech industry. I was just saying that not understanding what something means doesn't make it bull shit, and calling it out for bullshit isn't fair. These systems are often times what makes a company scalable and accessible for us as consumers, as they are used for purchasing, tracking orders, managing payments, customer support ERPs, etc.
  • 12 0
 Where does all the money go when people buy these $12k bikes? because it sure as shit doesn't seem to flow down to these jobs.
  • 12 0
 That’s the lie of “trickle down” economics. Paying good employees well does keep costs down by reducing errors, job training, and shrink.

But…….lots of business owners choose to make money by $h!tt!ng on their workers instead. It’s sad. It’s nasty. It’s the fundamental problem with how we practice capitalism.
  • 4 2
 Bikes are 12k because they have to offset the cost of the freeshit pros and influencers get.
  • 2 1
 @wyorider: I just want to point out that you blamed (paraphrasing) "the method by which we practice capitalism" instead of blaming capitalism as a whole. Good on you.
  • 1 0
 It goes towards paying back for all the retooling and excess waste caused by the elimination of 27.5. The target market (IT managers and dentists) needed more traction and snack storage
  • 14 2
 $20/hr wow that’s slightly more than Starbucks
  • 2 7
flag sfarnum (Jan 22, 2024 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 Counterpoint: Pro-deals effectively double your salary.
  • 10 0
 @sfarnum: counterpoint: prodeals only double your salary on things that don't matter. You can't prodeal rent, groceries, car note.
  • 5 0
 @sfarnum: Who's constantly buying stuff on pro-deals when things such as groceries, insurance, rent, basic necessities of life need to be paid first? Pro-Deals are not as powerful as you think.
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 @GTscoob: The joke was that you’d spend your whole salary on bikes. Guess I was too subtle.
  • 9 1
 Considering the large amount of money that floats around the bike industry, you would think that staff might actually make a living wage. If you're hiring full time positions and not paying the staff enough money to live independently in the vicinity of the position, you deserve to go out of business.
  • 10 0
 But think of all the pro-deals you can get!! Plus we go on a group ride once a quarter during the work day that you do not get paid for!!
*Heavy sarcasm here
  • 4 0
 @VladWolodarsky: The people arguing that pro-deals somehow increase your effective salary probably don't need to buy food, and pay rent, or put gas in their car. Who needs that stuff when you can get bike tires at 30% off!
  • 2 0
 @alex-bowen: hahahha exactly this.
  • 10 0
 If I were young that fabricator/welder job would be calling me.
  • 2 0
 The experience and skills required are not very common for a young fabricator. Curious what the pay is though
  • 2 1
 I think there will be an ongoing good living to be made by young people with a will to develop strong technical skills that don't necessarily require a college degree- welding, electrical, etc. Certainly better than some of the dubious college degrees young adults get today.....
  • 1 0
 How's life living in Wisconsin? I've never been.
  • 1 0
 @anotherstoneinthewoods: Little Switz got shut down so it's a little rough rn
  • 1 0
 @wburnes: Better riding for (way, way) less money in county parks nearby built by the same crew (Heritage, Washington County Parks)
  • 9 0
 So you need 2 or 3 of these jobs to make a living.
  • 8 0
 The kids here make more money than two of those jobs, scooping ice cream in the summer. Not even kidding
  • 6 2
 I appreciate the compassion a lot of posters have for bike industry professionals, but these types of jobs have never, ever paid a living wage. Whether it’s heli guiding, or ski instructing or bike brand manager or whatever, don’t expect to get paid well to play for a living. It’s never worked that way. To the kids out there: if you want to afford to ride bikes in cool places, don’t work in the bike industry.
  • 7 0
 I hear what you are saying here, but are we supposed to be okay with this "status quo"? Prices for bikes, components, the sport in general has increased as well as the cost of living. Brands are now more often owned by large companies & manufacturing moved overseas for cheaper labor. More now than ever this industry is packed with innovation and technology at every level. So why should we be okay with this same song and dance of "we need passionate individuals to work here" and "you don't work in the bike industry to make money". These companies are not the same scrappy startups of the early 2000's, so why do they insist on paying like they are?
  • 7 0
 It's not that "these jobs have never, ever paid a living wage", it's that they knowingly have the ability to pay living wages, but have found a way to exploit and take advantage of people who have an emotional connection to biking into taking a lesser salary than an equivalent job in another industry. There will be a time when the well dries up because these people will smarten up and take the 30% salary hike they should've received internally, and get it elsewhere. If biking companies continue to undervalue it's workforce, it will be responsible for killing the sport from the inside out.
  • 1 0
 I agree that in theory, people in the bike industry should be paid well but that’s just not how the job market behaves. From a practical perspective, if an employer can leverage emotional ties the employee has with a sport against paying them a reasonable wage, then that employee is giving up a LOT of negotiating power, and it’s very common. These industries in skiing, biking, climbing, surfing, etc., have been doing this for literally decades. There are no shortage of people who will work for peanuts if they can turn their passion into a living, because they rationalize they will get compensated in other ways besides money, so the odds of bike industry employees getting paid well are very slim in the near future. I don’t think anyone should work for a company, least of all a MTB company, if they don’t think they are compensated fairly. Plus, with a few exceptions, MTB companies really don’t make much money; there truly has not been that kind of cash flow and stability in the MTB market over the long term to really claim that owning a bike company is lucrative. Yeah it’s not fair, but I really encourage people to be compensated what they are worth. If MTB companies undervalue their workforce, employees should quit that shit. That could change how people are paid in this industry. Until that happens, the status quo will continue.
  • 4 0
 ...when Americans are complaining about a 60k dollar salary as a poverty wage when the equivalent 50k pound salary would place you in the top 15% of earners in the UK...not sure what point I'm trying to make here. Just damned interesting. Rent and living costs here similar to those stated in discussions. Just in case anyone was still under the impression that the UK is a world powerhouse...hmmm.
  • 4 0
 I had to leave my part time bike shop job that I had for ten years.
Cause. Had to change my full time job.
If I could make a living fixing bikes. I would.
But in reality. I can’t.
  • 3 0
 BinkPike POLL

Of all the readers that ever applied to any bike industry related job offer how many of you:

-ever got answered

-got refused

-got an interview

-actually got the job but it sucked

-got the job but it didn't suck
  • 4 0
 Pinkbike used to post job openings here and there over the years… no several people that never heard back even once. Several people and several emails. Not once
  • 2 0
 I recently interviewed with Fox Head for an outside sales rep position. Made it to the second round by a stroke of luck. Pay was actually good considering other industry jobs I have applied with. 100k+ if you kill it.

Requirements were pretty brutal, and would have been a total grind. If I was 22 it would have been the dream job but now at 30 starting a family it would completely suck. Still glad I followed through and went through the process.
  • 6 0
 Why would anyone work when they can sell pictures of their feet to fetishists
  • 3 0
 Gotta pay for these pictures somehow
  • 2 0
 A bike shop/industry job is great!... IF you've got a spouse/partner that makes enough to support the both of you. After 20+ years I'm done, fed up with no summers off, low pay for high skill/exp. positions, infrequent raises, low pay, no bonuses, entitled customers, low pay, did I mention the low pay yet? 'cause the $$$ is shit. I finally got a clue & went back to university, when I'm done my starting wage will be $11 p/hr more than after two decades in the game. It was fun sometimes but always being poor, no savings, borderline empty account every month, f*ck that. Wages for technicians are a joke, small wonder why every shop in town is looking for mechanics...
  • 1 0
 That SantaCruz position seems.... pretty fluffy? "You will work directly with the Finance and Controlling subject matter experts and Business Systems Analysts to align on system and process improvement opportunities and priorities. This will involve managing demand for new capabilities, process improvements, data quality, and leveraging application software capabilities." Wow. that's a lot.
  • 7 0
 Probably you'd be involved with bikes just about as much as if you'd run SAP at a meat packing plant. Lunch ride benefit might be there but I suspect I'd be riding triple-black diamonds without a helmet in no time.
  • 6 1
 why are we so weird in the UK not advertising salary
  • 8 0
 Its law in Canada that you have to advertise starting salary these days.
  • 4 0
 It's starting to be law in some US states (but not all).
  • 4 0
 Because it’s so low people won’t apply if they see it.
  • 1 0
 Same with here in NZ, hardly any provide that information. Where I work the salaries are kept hush hush... I do like my job so all good i suppose haha.
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 Last thing we need is more cops
  • 3 0
 Get paid too little. Pick up a second job to pay for rent and groceries. Live in a mountain town and stop riding your bike…….
  • 3 0
 “You will work in person 5 days a week in our Boulder HQ”
“You will live in the storeroom 7 days a week in our Boulder HQ”
Now that 65k a year makes sense.
  • 1 0
 So, Take a job in bike industry, get paid F all but get discount.. still cant afford bike... or get paid more and no bike discount... still cant afford bike...
The best thing for bike industry is own your own shop and work Full time elsewhere(im currently doing this, yes its a heap of work but Dealer costs are awesome for me)
  • 2 0
 Was shocked to see no Salary on the Santa Cruz job single legally required to post it. Followed link and it’s only reasonable paying job for the area the job is located at 135-160k
  • 1 0
 Grain of salt…the job is in Boulder…but nobody really lives there but students, people who bought a house there 30-40 years ago, and the kids who inherited the money of those who bought houses 30-40 years ago. Those who do live there do their best to assure that nobody else can afford to live there except for their contemporaries.

I spent 15 years working there, and can count on a hand and a half the number of colleagues who actually lived there. The last job it was 1 out of the 23 in that office.

I’d say for an entry level position it isn’t too bad. They’re not hiring engineers. Reading the actual job description though…oof…it should say “we don’t want to pay an outside PR firm and Ad Agency, so maybe you can do all of that for way less then we would otherwise have to pay”.
  • 1 0
 I’m so pleased to see all these comments

I left the industry not too long ago and I was working for one of the big 3

The pay was laughable and the ladder to climb within was even more so.

So glad to be done with that shit.
  • 4 0
 No "Professional Racer" positions available I notice.
  • 2 1
 Supply Chain management. That's where it's at! Big bucks, vast amount of jobs across all industries. Not sure if Trek pays as much as Pfizer, but I'm sure jobs are available.
  • 4 0
 Trek using "pivotal role" in their job description - nice.
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 SRAM Regulatory Compliance Engineer
If anyone from SRAM reads this, I am a regulatory compliance engineer, I have been putting industrial, medical and wireless devices on the market everywhere in the world (global market access) and I have also been a registered safety inspector for TUV SUD in the past. I would be glad to get in touch with you, DM if you are out there.
  • 5 1
 The YT warranty job would be easy. Just don't answer the phone.
  • 2 0
 That Santa Cruz uses SAP tells me all I need to know about never needing to own another. Said as an ex SAP solutions architect. Fkin hateful software…
  • 1 0
 I once applied for a film content job at a very large cycling brand, and didn't even get an interview because I was "under qualified for the position"

I'd worked in film for 20years.
  • 1 0
 Think of it this way; if they're barely paying you, it's not actually a job. So you're getting paid for your full time hobby, win!*



*Disclaimer: you may have to eat out of bins.
  • 3 1
 International Police Mountain Bike Association - I expect only US police forces have any knowledge of this....
  • 11 2
 shoot the dog first, ask questions later.
  • 1 0
 There's more jobs for those interested - follow the Bike Police link to the source site.
jobs.growcyclingfoundation.org
  • 1 0
 Whole bunch more at the YT site.
www.yt-industries.com/YT-Jobs
  • 1 0
 Last one: Santa Cruz has more jobs too. At this point I'd wager they all have multiple openings.
santacruzbicycles.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/santacruzbicycles
  • 4 1
 Poor pay and high cost of living-there are a LOT of jobs available. For a reason.
  • 2 0
 @wyorider: Are they all paying poorly? Santa Cruz has a position for $135,000 - $160,000. That seems pretty good. I didn't look at all the listings of each company, but there may be some nice options for those so inclined.
  • 3 0
 @BenLow2019: Not trying to be an ass, but have you been to SC? Starter, cracker box home is north of a $1mil. 20% down with taxes and ins would be almost $7k. Rent? There's no place to rent and if you can find it it will cost you dearly. You could live in San Jose or South in Watsonville but those areas present their own set of challenges. You'd probably clear about $9,800/month after Fed Taxes and give up another 6-10% for State income taxes. Gas is $6/gal and everything(eating out, contractors, mechanics, dr's, dentists, etc are crazy expensive). So that extra $2k/month wouldn't go very far. This same position probably pays 15-20% more in many other areas of the country that are less expensive but outside the bike industry. If you're a DINK, Dual Income, no kids, you could probably make it work. God forbid anything happens to either spouse and can't produce income, things go sideways quickly.
  • 2 0
 @sofakingwetarded: I haven't been to SC - but I live in the San Diego area and have some experience with CA prices. Anyway, I feel you may be exaggerating a little. A quick look shows gas prices are averaging right over $4 in Santa Cruz (Gas Buddy site). Rent is above national average as well - just north of 3k (Rent Cafe site). I found 189 places to rent on Trulia some under 3k. Income taxes - we all pay those. As for goods and services - the cost of McDonalds and Dentists have been rising with inflation since the invention of the coin.
  • 2 0
 @BenLow2019: according to ziprecruiter, the average annual salary for SAP Solution Architect in Santa Cruz, CA is $236k. www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/SAP-Solutions-Architect-Salary
  • 19 15
 ACAB
  • 1 0
 Does it surprise anyone that Shimano is looking for somebody in that specific role. Seems like they may be realizing that they are behind 8 ball.
  • 1 0
 If you go to their site they have lots of openings in different positions around the world.
shimano.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Shimano
  • 3 0
 YT paying the big bucks there. Tighty-YT.
  • 2 0
 25-28$ a hour for bookkeeper thats way out of range crazy try more like 35$
  • 1 0
 "Strong ability to multitask and work quickly under pressure" is one of the root causes I have a "a deep passion for mountain biking”
  • 1 0
 Left the industry in 2023 to go learn HVAC. After seeing these salaries, I feel more secure in my choice. The discount on bikes became not worth it.
  • 1 0
 From Berd... "we want someone with an established dealer network" : To me that's stealing another companies work. Industry is killing itself
  • 2 0
 65k for a job in boulder??? gtfo
  • 1 0
 Specialized obviously didn’t get the levelling up memo. YT take note also.
  • 1 0
 @BigAge Don't see any salary listed for the Specialized position on this page; do you know what it is or would be?
  • 1 0
 @HappyBiker19: it’s a London based position so they haven’t published a salary range.
  • 2 0
 It makes a lot of sense that SRAM is looking for a graphic designer
  • 1 0
 Welcome to the churn.
  • 2 0
 Could have copy pasted the comments from the last jobs post.
  • 1 0
 YT's warranty department defanetly need work. 7 months for a crash replacement chainstay is a F'ing joke.
  • 1 0
 Waiting for the day when there's a Pinkbike job opening.....
  • 2 0
 PB is a sub of OUTSIDE - openings if you want to check them out.
outside.breezy.hr
  • 2 0
 It's a trap
  • 1 0
 on asean bike industry please!
  • 1 0
 I'm offering the position of POD manager on Pinkbike
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