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ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Jan 1, 2019 at 4:12
Jan 1, 2019
Review: Santa Cruz Bronson V3
@makripper: Just like the $10,000 bikes of today- unattainable to anyone but pros and rich people. Which is exactly my point. And the first ones were rigid, they added a suspension fork to later models.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Dec 31, 2018 at 20:18
Dec 31, 2018
Review: Santa Cruz Bronson V3
@makripper: the 1994 Specialized Epic Ultimate retailed for $6,000 USD, featuring a fully rigid frame & fork, rim brakes, and 24-speed drivetrain (8-speed cassette). In today’s currency, that equates to over $10,000 USD.
ka-brap Specialized's article
Dec 31, 2018 at 6:31
Dec 31, 2018
Video: Specialized's Farewell to Kate Courtney
Why do you assume that it was Specialized that lost her and not Kate wanting to do something new and different after 8 years?
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Dec 31, 2018 at 6:17
Dec 31, 2018
Review: Santa Cruz Bronson V3
The "it's getting ridiculous" in reference to bike prices is simply, 100% not true- top end/lust-worthy bikes have ALWAYS been this expensive. This goes back to 1994 where a rigid hardtail would cost you $6,000 USD, which in today’s currency, that equates to over $10,000 USD. For a rigid hardtail. The value for the money is absolutely there given that the bikes of today are incredibly better than what they were 20+ years ago. Whether or not you want to pay that much money for a pedal-powered bike is another question altogether. What is making people scratch their heads is the bike shop vs. direct to consumer pricing. But, that's more of a personal debate.
ka-brap mikelevy's article
Dec 19, 2018 at 5:42
Dec 19, 2018
Review: TRP's New G-Spec Trail SL Brake
adjustable bite point is awesome. It's a very welcome feature I have on my brakes, and something I look to see if a new option has or not.
ka-brap paulaston's article
Dec 4, 2018 at 7:34
Dec 4, 2018
The New Santa Cruz V10 and Reserve 29" DH Wheels Are Official
It is not true that bikes are becoming more and more expensive- top-end bikes have always been unpleasantly expensive. Case in point: the 1994 Specialized Epic Ultimate retailed for $6,000 USD, featuring a fully rigid frame & fork, rim brakes, and 24-speed drivetrain (8-speed cassette). In today’s currency, that equates to over $10,000 USD. For a rigid hardtail. Just let that sink in for a second… What has changed, obviously, is how much bike you now get for your money, which is astronomically better than before. Frame materials, manufacturing/craftsmanship, shifting, suspension, braking, etc. are all unfathomably better than 24 years ago. And not just at the top end, but even at the mid and low end of the spectrum too. Now, this is not to say that modern bikes are not expensive. I’m definitely not the person who is spending $10k on a bike. But to say that today’s bikes are getting more expensive is simply not true- bikes have always been this way. It’s not a new phenomenon.
ka-brap jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 26, 2018 at 11:51
Nov 26, 2018
Higenamine & Oxilofrine: What Are the Banned Substances that Jared Graves & Richie Rude Tested Positive For?
@mkotowski1: I'd wait until more evidence comes to light before I made the claim that anything is "confirmed", as you put it. Right now we don't know if they accidentally ingested this stuff, took it intentionally, or are the victims of something malicious.
ka-brap jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 26, 2018 at 10:43
Nov 26, 2018
Higenamine & Oxilofrine: What Are the Banned Substances that Jared Graves & Richie Rude Tested Positive For?
It's only sad if this was an intentional act. And as of right now we don't know enough to know if this was truly accidental, purposeful, or even malicious. Let's hold up until we have more evidence before saying this totally f*cks a persons career or is indicative of sad times.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Nov 12, 2018 at 10:52
Nov 12, 2018
Review: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29
@RedRedRe: To say that Specialized spends less on R&D than other companies shows a complete lack of research and market knowledge in general. They have by far one of the most extensive R&D facilities in the world, which other manufacturers are known to send their bikes to for testing. You may not like their bikes and that's fine, but to claim they don't do their homework on R&D is factually false.
ka-brap danielsapp's article
Nov 1, 2018 at 9:53
Nov 1, 2018
Now THAT Was a Bike - Cedric Gracia's 2004 Cannondale Gemini
Many racers had custom frames with 63° head angles back then. Sam Hill's Sunday was one of them.
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