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ka-brap dan-roberts's article
Jun 13, 2019 at 6:55
3 days
Behind the Numbers: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29 Suspension Analysis
As these analyses only show one part of the picture (which the author notes as well), it would be a mistake to write the bike off based solely on this information alone. As someone else pointed out, this information PLUS actually riding it can help you dial the bike in more accurately to your riding style. And as actual owners have commented, the bike is a lot of fun. Gather all of the data before you come to a conclusion.
ka-brap edspratt's article
May 26, 2019 at 11:41
May 26, 2019
Final Results: Nove Mesto World Cup XC 2019
@clink83: She's actually both. Ignoring one and focusing on the other is the mistake.
ka-brap danielsapp's article
May 24, 2019 at 1:20
May 24, 2019
Aaron Gwin Comments on Injured Ankle, Broken Cranks, & More
@nismo325: Minnaar's situation is hardly the same scenario though. Not only is there a major personality difference between the two but it was never something that Santa Cruz nor Minnaar thought they needed to "defend". Minnaar's bike didn't have a pre-existing quality problem and it broke due to an impact with a wooden pole, not under "normal" racing conditions. No one in their right mind would assume that Minnaar's bike was faulty or problematic due to conditions under how it broke. However, if his bike broke during a relatively normal landing (like Gwin's), it would have most likely been a different story on the interwebz.
ka-brap danielsapp's article
May 23, 2019 at 8:27
May 23, 2019
Aaron Gwin Comments on Injured Ankle, Broken Cranks, & More
What is not talked about here is Gwin's comment on Vital's Insta and it came off as incredibly poor form. Very few people are pissed about the crank itself breaking. They were pissed about how Gwin basically thru Juan under the bus with his choice of words.
ka-brap rossbellphoto's article
May 20, 2019 at 11:13
May 20, 2019
8 World Cup DH Racers' Cockpit Setups - British National Series Round 2
"there's plenty of room for adjusting to track steepness too judging by the spacers above the stem." FYI - Reece can't move the crown above the stanchions, so he has maybe 5mm left to go. That's not exactly plenty of room.
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.
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