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eugenux mikelevy's article
Jan 19, 2023 at 22:41
Jan 19, 2023
The Pinkbike Podcast: Things We (Sometimes) Miss About Older Bikes
idk man.. my pitch pro and my gt sanction 2.0 felt much more distinct and had more character then my last bikes. The last bike that felt distinct was my '16 sanction factory. All my bikes after that felt very similar. a shout out to x7 and x9s. I don't miss the elixirs though.. I like how we can actually stop now.
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 2:25
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@jonemyers: this happens only in the united states of eagles and freedomness. In the rest of the world, both sides get to an agreement or, if an agreement isn't reached, the notice is around 20 workdays. This works in reverse as, if one plans to leave the company for which he is working, if he can't reach an agreement with the company to leave as soon as possible, by law, he must work there for another 20 working days.. which can be up to 60 if you are a manager or a director. If the company for which I work work cut my access to my laptop and office entry.. abruptly preventing me to work there.. I'd laugh so hard on the way towards meeting my lawyer, knowing that I would have my job back in a couple of months, with salary paid in full for the whole period and also compensations for the whole situation. No one does this anymore(the companies, I mean) because they know they cannot win. If they really want to fire you, their best option is to offer you a compensation in the form of salary payment from 3-6 months up to 1 year and considering the alternative which is, remaining in a job where every bad step will be followed and you will be taxed for even the smallest of mistakes, most ppl simply take the check-out and leave, having enough financial stability from that check-out to be able to find another job best suited for them(not in a hurry). Being abruply fired from a corporation is something that does not happen that often, here in Europe.. because, it may be more costly for the company to do so.
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 1:59
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@chocolate-thunder: I was going alone the line of brand association rather then being actually inflenced. If the said influencer posted a great adventure in a very nice and remote part of the world.. and they are doing that said adventure on a Spez, I might think good things about Spez. It doesn't mean that I'll go and buy an adv bike and set sail towards Chile(or whatever) but, in my mind, the association between Spez and nice adventures has already been made. As for racing, I really could not give an F about who's riding on what because, as long as we are not fooling ourselves, we all know that skills take the wins, not bikes. The older you get, the easier is to see it this way. So, althetes do nothing for me, from a brand purchase perspective. cheers!
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 1:47
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@fullendurbro: not in finance, I presume.. because you speak like some marketing or pr(lots of pretty words, zero actual meaning or facts); also, very funny when you write about passing savings to consumers while, at the same time, working for Apple. That's like the bad queen telling to snow white about the apple not being poisoned; beyond funny, tbh :)))))
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 1:40
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@MattyRides: exactly but, personally, I am not sure they will want to bring the prices back down again. Historically, it never happened... just look at the automotive industry.
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 1:38
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@rockandride6: you picked some strange dates. Historically, the lower prices per container have been between 1400 usd and 2800 usd, depending on the season and how much free space it was on the cargo ship. In March 2018 I paid as much as 700 usd for a 40ft but that was a one time only thing. Back at the current times, last week's quotation was for 3000 usd pe 40HQ..which is 200 usd only from a 2019 December quotation at 2800 usd. So please, try to refer to situation as they are now, not as they used to be in May or in 2018. Considering the fact that raw material is cheaper now than it was in 2019 and that parity USD-yuan is much much favorable now than it was in 2019...all the brands just pocket the difference while preparing for a slow down in sales number and sales value. The reason for kicking ppl out is exactly because they still want to keep the growth shares they've had in the last two years. Well, beside the dummies that will buy anything at any cost and beside you, who are trying to make them look like they are doing us a favor,... well, I believe the rest of us will have news for them.
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 13:52
Dec 13, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@rockandride6: I am working directly with factories.. so, trust me when I say, record profits. As for the cost that are rising...at which costs do you refer?, the transport ones per container are back to pre-pandemic levels. The raw material are cheaper than 2019. So, which are those inimaginabile costs that prevent, for example SC or Yeti, or Spez for that matter, to sell a carbon frame 1.5k cheaper than they are selling it now. What costs make them push sales prices for normal mtbs on par with electric ones?, please, do explain.
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 12:57
Dec 13, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
also, one more thing. The ppl that can afford to spend 10 to 15k on a bike are more likely to be inspired by such ambassadorrs then by seing Bruni in some d.vmb 10-30 second videos on insta/tik-tok/whatever. The ppl(mostly kids or youths) that are inspired by Bruni can't afford s-works bikes. That's the reality. But, in a financing meeting, it is easier to say "let's get rid of the ambassadorrs and use the paid athletes instead!", from a numbers pov, it even makes 120% sense.
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 12:50
Dec 13, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@fullendurbro: you don't seem to really understand how corporations really work. There will not be any passing towards consumers. Don't forget bike companies, surprise-surprise, managed to exist even before the pandemic, a time when their profits were at a lower level than they have been in the last two years. What they are doing now os trying maintain that profit share, which realistically, it cannot happen....we had a spike.. now we are on the other side of it, on the downward slope. It happened in the company I am working... and this lack of vision and greed around the ideea of (unsustainable)profit growth, managed in the end to actually reduce profits. One year in the hurt and now we are back to realistic 2019 levels and we grow organically from there.
eugenux betsywelch's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 12:33
Dec 13, 2022
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@RoboDuck: couldn't have said it better. It is 100% true. It is happening in most of the big corporations as well because the numbers must be achieved no matter what. After 2 years of extremely high profits, they must maintain the profit growth despite anything. Thus, these d.vmb situations happen.
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