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hjulier pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 11:06
Jun 28, 2017
We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
@vernonfelton: Fantastic video! I am an industrial designer and even I assumed I knew how the sausage was made, so to speak. But your video was eye-opening in revealing the level of commitment you have to have to make a decent product. Transparency has become an important selling point for many businesses (Patagonia, for example, or maybe Enve) in the last few years... consumers want to know where their products are coming from. Just seeing glimpses of Chris @ Pivot and his team pouring over the latest design is a huge feather in that brand's cap. If I was Pivot, why not tell that story? The more I know about a product and the hard work that's gone into it the more I'm likely to be impressed and spend my money. I bet a lot of other mountain bikers feel the same way.
hjulier vernonfelton's article
Jan 11, 2017 at 9:20
Jan 11, 2017
Santa Cruz Tallboy/Hightower - Review
@vernonfelton, really enjoyed these reviews. Thanks! You said you rode the Tallboy mostly in its 29er guise. That means you were on 29er hoops with, I'm assuming, boost spacing. As someone who's still riding a 29er with 135mm hubs, I'm curious how the boosted 29 wheels contribute to the experience of riding the Tallboy.
hjulier mikelevy's article
Sep 20, 2016 at 7:52
Sep 20, 2016
Alchemy's Less Expensive Arktos - Interbike 2016
I wish Alchemy had put as much time into their "frame branding" (decals? livery? paint job? etc) as the clearly did on other aspects of the design. The original paint job, with the pink areas highlighting the shape of the frame, was pretty good. But I find these production versions to be all over the place - the splatter logo, the alchemy wordmark in its pseudo-script confusion, the way the bottom part of the Y dangles lazily around to the underside of the downtube, and the ARKTOS name with a break in the middle so it appears as ARK TOS... why? Is it ARKTOS or ARK TOS? Design 101- print out a picture of every competitive frame from the past 3 years and pin it up on the wall. Be inspired by them, but don't copy. Know that landscape you are competing in. And definitely don't block out the bike name in the upper part of the swing arm - just like Yeti did - and then offer a pseudo-Yeti colorway. There are so many interesting colors out there - why those two?
hjulier SramMedia's article
Jul 26, 2016 at 9:05
Jul 26, 2016
Greg Herbold Retires After a Quarter Century with SRAM
@probi: Awesome man. Was there a year (95? 96?) when the XC was a World Cup event (UCI) but the DH was Norba? I remember that year being about double the number of people, pit tents and racers.
hjulier SramMedia's article
Jul 26, 2016 at 8:23
Jul 26, 2016
Greg Herbold Retires After a Quarter Century with SRAM
From about 1999-2004 I volunteered at the NORBA races in MT Snow, VT. I was a teenager and my volunteer duties ranged from course marshall to course tape fixer to TV camera spotter (OLN covered the Mt. Snow back then before they rebranded as Vs. and dropped their MTB coverage.) As I got older and became a familiar face among the volunteer organizers I was given more interesting things to do - like marshall in the Yardsale section of the DH course, or cord-wrangle for an OLN camera person as we followed HB around the pits interviewing people. I'll never forget witnessing the power of the H-Ball and the rapport he had with pretty much everyone. At one point I commented to Greg "HB, one thing I like about mountain biking as opposed to other sports is that people are very friendly and approachable." "Yeah!" he replied, "no one is getting paid enough to be an asshole!"
hjulier mikelevy's article
Aug 12, 2015 at 8:28
Aug 12, 2015
Devinci's New Troy - Crankworx Whistler 2015
As an ID guy I would have to agree somewhat. I get an overall impression of stiffness and solidity when I look at the bike with fresh eyes, but some of the details - like the crease under the top tube/seat tube brace and the area between the down and top tubes (it almost looks like there's a weld in there)) seem to mimic other types of manufacturing besides carbon which is an interesting line of thought. But I'd love to ride one nonetheless!
hjulier pinkbikeaudience's article
May 30, 2015 at 12:30
May 30, 2015
hjulier robertbbr's article
Jan 18, 2015 at 7:40
Jan 18, 2015
A Kingdom Renewed
Addressing the over groomed comments, the majority of the shots above are on the mountain which is a good mix of groomed and ungroomed. Most everything else is classic New England singletrack. And it's all wonderful. I've ridden the kingdom at least 3 times a season for the past 8 seasons and it's always rewarding.
hjulier konaworld's article
Dec 1, 2014 at 17:37
Dec 1, 2014
hjulier mikelevy's article
Oct 16, 2014 at 12:03
Oct 16, 2014
Opinion: Mountain Bike Movies - Are You Still Stoked?
For me it's hard to beat the Trans Provence daily edits. Of the past three years the videos from 2012 are my favorite, as they feature more non-pros and there's less sponsor interference.
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