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ka-brap PROPAIN-Bicycles's article
Mar 17, 2017 at 2:02
Mar 17, 2017
Angie Hohenwarter Signs With Propain Bikes
It wouldn't be a press release for an Austrian athlete without a cow in the background of one of the photos ;) Congrats, Angie!!
ka-brap pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 3, 2017 at 10:25
Feb 3, 2017
ka-brap paulaston's article
Dec 3, 2016 at 10:48
Dec 3, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Fashion or Function?
People saying that fashion (call it aesthetics if you prefer) doesn't matter are absolutely lying to themselves. There are tons of well functioning bikes on the market, most function so well that the vast majority of internet bike nerds would ride just as poorly on any of them. People love clean lines, aesthetic simplicity, etc. etc.- we want our investment to look good. Placing pure function over form is what causes brands to lose sales. Fact. It could be the ultimate climber upper shredder downer but if it looked like garbage that's how it would sell.
ka-brap paulaston's article
Dec 2, 2016 at 1:33
Dec 2, 2016
SixSixOne Evo LS Jacket and Shorts – Review
I switched from 661 Evo (5-year old model) to the Bliss ARG top and it is absolute heaven. So much lower profile, cooler, and snug without being restrictive. Best investment in body protection I've made. The only improvement I could hope for would be if it got lighter.
ka-brap mikelevy's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 2:53
Nov 30, 2016
Alchemy Arktos Custom - Review
Ah the joys of trying to be the "first" company to come to market with the new cool stuff. Companies roll the dice between trying to be early to market so people see their stuff first and with risking that some of the products aren't up to snuff yet. Or they arrive late with dialed product and consequently miss the available window the bloggers, testers, magazines need in order to properly review a product. If you want to be first, then magazines, bloggers, testers, etc. will be given pre-production equipment- fact. This pre-production product is often not completely dialed in yet and there is a chance that some will be wonky and some will be perfectly fine. This will never change, you might as well accept it.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Nov 29, 2016 at 2:57
Nov 29, 2016
Specialized Demo 8 I Alloy - Review
@stefanfresh: You are unfortunately completely wrong about the margin a retailer makes on bikes. It is in the vicinity of 29%-39%. Compared to clothing, helmets, sunglasses, etc. at 50%-60%. If retailers sold bikes at full price, they would barely stay afloat- the cost of doing business and low turn rates that bikes have is ridiculous. They absolutely rely on service and accessories to make the majority of their profit. To say that bikes are over-priced shows that you do not understand the retail bike industry. Now, the margin bikes deliver is for sure higher than the electronic industry (for example) but the turn rate in the electronic industry is far higher to offset the lower margins. If bike retailers lowered their prices by 20% they would assuredly go out of business unless they were selling service, helmets, and other accessories like bonkers at full margin.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
Nov 29, 2016 at 0:08
Nov 29, 2016
Specialized Demo 8 I Alloy - Review
@chair1films: It has nothing to do with them not knowing how to price bikes or paying for a "brand name"- it has to do with accounting for the margin a retailer wants to make. Wholesale price marked up for retail = Specialized, Trek, Santa Cruz, Yeti, etc. Wholesale price priced direct to consumer = YT, Canyon, Commencal, etc. Why they are priced the way they are is basic economics. Whether or not you want to pay for it is another story.
ka-brap davetrumpore's article
Sep 11, 2016 at 12:47
Sep 11, 2016
A Test of Metal: Timed Session and Seeding - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016
I was to the side of the track, just below where his "incident" took place and I would definitely not fault Solid for what happened. The rocks here are huge and everywhere, and the racer basically cased one at full speed. The force that it took to do this would have basically destroyed any frame being raced this weekend. He's excited that he walked away from it and didn't need a medevac.
ka-brap redbullbike's article
Sep 10, 2016 at 10:57
Sep 10, 2016
Timed Training Highlights Video - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016
This course is mental. The holes that are developing are literally swallowing riders whole. 3 juniors were lost today.
ka-brap davetrumpore's article
Sep 8, 2016 at 1:15
Sep 8, 2016
Track Walk - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016
This is truly a World Champion's track. By far the most gnarly track I have ever seen, and the ultimate test of a downhill rider. It is literally scary.
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