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ka-brap danielsapp's article
May 5, 2019 at 10:07
May 5, 2019
ka-brap danielsapp's article
May 5, 2019 at 9:55
May 5, 2019
First Look: Manitou's 180mm Mezzer Pro Fork and Mara Pro Shock - Garda Trentino 2019
Success in terms of units sold, both OEM and aftermarket. In the last 10 years in the global suspension market, Manitou has not been a great success in regards to either of those metrics.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 13:27
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@SlodownU: Also as Specialized dealer in my former life, and I'm looking at information from Specialized that frame retailed for $3,800. Could your shop build it up for less and sell it for less, of course. I'm not saying the bike was wildly successful, far from it. But it was that expensive. And the fact that you get WAY more for your dollar now is factually true and you can still spend that kind of money on a bike, taking into consideration inflation.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 10:34
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@SlodownU: The 1994 Specialized Epic Ultimate retailed for $6,000 USD (frame only $3,800), 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. Was this a super bike at the time? Absolutely yes. But so are today's $10,000 USD wonder bikes. Are there more of these types of super bikes now than back then? Absolutely yes. Am I going to sit here and tell you that's what I ride or what I can afford? Hell no. But before you go on and talk about bikes getting more expensive, they aren't. There's just more of them and you get more for your money now than you did then (the bikes do more for you now than they did 15+ years ago). That's true if you want to spend $10,000 or $5,000 or $2,500 or $1,000.
ka-brap mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 2:41
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
People are also missing the point that when brands debut a new technology, it is done at the top end first and then brought to lower pricepoints in the years to come. It makes no sense (from both the brand's perspective and the end user's perspective) to bring a new technology to low end and try to bring it to the top end the year after. If that happened, end users would complain since the high end group now uses low end technology, rather than a low end group that uses high end technology. Not only is this how business generally works, it's also how you as end user would perceive it. And I have to disagree with your last point, @dominic54 , you only need to complain if they take away their lower price point options. But this isn't happening. In fact, lower price point options are leagues better than they were 10 years ago. And it's because these brands evolve the top end technology first and then bringing it down in the following years.
ka-brap davetrumpore's article
Apr 29, 2019 at 2:15
Apr 29, 2019
Finals Photo Epic: Too Close For Comfort - Maribor DH World Cup 2019
@thesharkman: You can still fully care about World Cup DH but not be able to watch the race live. Some people do work on Sundays or have something called a family to attend to.
ka-brap edspratt's article
Apr 28, 2019 at 10:24
Apr 28, 2019
Final Results: Maribor DH World Cup 2019
Tasche is German for bag or pocket. Not sure there is a joke there, but his mustache is pretty rad!
ka-brap edspratt's article
Apr 27, 2019 at 9:25
Apr 27, 2019
Results: Qualifying - Maribor DH World Cup 2019
@robito: It's because she doesn't want to- yet. She's still in high school and wants to finish without the distraction that training for Elites would require.
ka-brap RichardCunningham's article
Apr 12, 2019 at 17:56
Apr 12, 2019
Day One Randoms - Sea Otter 2019
@ripcraft: Sure, but that's why we have rational arguments and why we have recreational activities- we're not cyborgs but our arguments still need to be cogent. There is no way that climbs in the US & Canada are 80-90% done on fire roads- that number is far too high since most trails are loops that have a dedicated climbing direction. This might be the case in your specific area, but it's not nation-wide. If your number were accurate, then this should only be a problem for 10-20% of the trails that don't utilize fire road climbs (or for people riding the wrong way on a trail, which is problem regardless of bike choice). But this is not the case- the amount of people who are up in arms about losing their trails is much higher than this. And just because you feel an emotion about a certain topic, it doesn't make it valid or right. Someone's personal freedom to enjoy a bike the way they want to isn't any less important or less valuable than someone else's. By your logic then, someone should be able to ride an ebike since they enjoy it (provided the trail system allows it).
ka-brap mikelevy's article
Mar 29, 2019 at 2:25
Mar 29, 2019
FSA's New High-End Crankset Skips the Carbon - Taipei Cycle Show 2019
Lots of high-end aluminum parts are glued together. Hope HB 160 chain & seatstays, Pole frames, etc. I imagine we will see more of this technology in the bike world soon. Almost as light as super carbon wow but with less cost and higher impact values. Why not?
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