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ka-brap jamessmurthwaite's article
May 4, 2020 at 11:01
May 4, 2020
Spotted: Is This a New Specialized Status?
As a product manager in a different industry, I can tell you that finding a name that isn't already trademarked is a giant pain in the ass. When brands have one that works (or at least that they like) they hold on to it.
ka-brap rossbellphoto's article
Mar 31, 2020 at 23:30
Mar 31, 2020
Bike Check: Greg Williamson's Commencal Supreme
So, are we still going to have to zip tie fenders onto a 1,800+€ fork? The Syncros version looks ok, but really hoping there is a nicely integrated fender in the works this time.
ka-brap CascadeComponents's article
Dec 5, 2019 at 3:56
Dec 5, 2019
Cascade Components Announces Santa Cruz Megatower LT Linkage
@Happypanda1337: There's a difference between a guarantee, a warranty, and a crash replacement policy. You're using them interchangeably and that's not how they operate.
ka-brap RichardCunningham's article
Nov 15, 2019 at 1:04
Nov 15, 2019
Review: Shimano's XT 12-Speed Drivetrain is Smart Money
Gonna wonder if need for Saint-weight products will actually happen and instead we will see XTR-7spd and XT-7spd drivetrains for DH use. World Cup DHers are already using XTR brakes and Enduro bros are using full XTR set-ups. If this stuff is strong enough, why bother with updating Saint?
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Nov 1, 2019 at 2:29
Nov 1, 2019
First Ride: The 2020 Norco Sight Has an All-Mountain Focus
@radman13: If you are writing off a bike because of it's drivetrain, then you need to leave the 1990s. Frame design, suspension, and wheels are FAR more important discussion points than SLX vs XT or GX vs XO.
ka-brap edspratt's article
Oct 25, 2019 at 16:28
Oct 25, 2019
Final Results - Red Bull Rampage 2019
@cirkusboy: Brendog's aluminum frame snapped too. This is Rampage and nothing is safe from being destroyed.
ka-brap danielsapp's article
Oct 13, 2019 at 1:32
Oct 13, 2019
Review: Bontrager's Incredibly Stiff & Expensive XXX MTB Shoes
@pargolf8: Product development actually, and I don't work in the bike industry
ka-brap danielsapp's article
Oct 10, 2019 at 5:43
Oct 10, 2019
Review: Bontrager's Incredibly Stiff & Expensive XXX MTB Shoes
@pargolf8: Then it's clear that you've never used them and don't know the comfort and performance benefits of them. Having a super stiff, rigid shoe but a flexible foot that twists and turns under pedaling load is a waste of money- you're not getting the benefit of the stiff shoe if your foot is flexing/elongating/shearing inside. A custom footbed creates the proper interface between flexible foot and rigid shoe creating the ideal set up. And it's for this reason that Bontrager nor any brand should waste too much money on the stock insole. No stock insole is as good as custom and invariably is taken out anyway. They should come with something ok, but nothing better than that as it will be a waste. Stock insoles are either the wrong arch height, or arch length, or stability or all of the above for most feet anyway. Plus, a proper custom insole will last 2 or 3 shoes at least (provided your foot hasn't changed much during that time).
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Oct 9, 2019 at 2:57
Oct 9, 2019
Review: Can Manitou's Mezzer Pro Fork Compete With the Best?
@RodneyPierce: If I am about to spend 1,000$ on a fork, I want to like how it looks- there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. And furthermore, if said fork doesn't even perform as good as the leading forks on the market in (roughly) the same price category, then you better believe I will avoid that fork like the plague.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Sep 21, 2019 at 6:53
Sep 21, 2019
Spotted: New Fox 36 (38?) - EWS Zermatt 2019
@zyoungson: There has to be a more proper solution for mounting a fender to a 1,000€ fork other than zip tying a cut out milk bottle to my lowers which also annoyingly eats away at the finish on my fork. Fox doesn't need to include it with the fork, because half of them will go unused, but it would be nice to see a legit aftermarket option from Fox (like the Syncros).
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