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maxyedor jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 13, 2020 at 19:09
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Cannondale and GT to Reject Traditional Mid-Year Model Structure
The direct to consumer brands seem like they'll pioneer the end of model years, if such a thing ever actually happens. The problem however is the same as mid-year model launches. If Commencal is currently speccing a 36 on the Meta, but you know the 38 will be debuting soon, are you more or less likely to pull the trigger on the current inventory? I think it may have an even bigger impact than a simple model year color change as we're now talking about appreciable differences in specifications. I like where Cannondale and GT are heading with this, allow dealers to sell current bikes during the entire peak season, giving them the best chance as selling preseason allotments for top dollar, and use the offseason to dump remaining inventory if they need to.
maxyedor dan-roberts's article
Jul 8, 2020 at 11:08
Jul 8, 2020
First Look: DT Swiss' New 1501 & 1700 Spline Wheelsets
So it sounds like the actual cost of warranty replacement on a WaO is somewhere between half and the same as DT depending on how bad the failure is (can it be relaced with the existing spokes or not), but Santa Cruz has an absolutely phenomenal warranty. I'd have expected that they take your old wheel back, and lace the hub to a new rim, not that they'd send you a new hub as part of the warranty wheel, that's damn impressive, especially if your wheels are built on i9 or King hubs.
maxyedor dan-roberts's article
Jul 7, 2020 at 20:33
Jul 7, 2020
Niner Debuts the RIP e9 & WFO e9 eMTBs
Back in the 90s people were stoked because new bikes meant new ideas, better performance and advancing the sport. People hate on bikes like this because it’s just a catalog e-bike, no innovation, nothing new, not even Niner’s signature suspension design. It’s a sad attempt to prop up an otherwise failing brand that completely misses the mark when it comes to why anybody would consider a Niner.
maxyedor jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 7, 2020 at 8:55
Jul 7, 2020
The Frace F160 is Milled From a 70kg Slab of Aluminum
@pcledrew: That’s exactly how Pole build their bikes, and except for their bonding issues it seems to work well for them. Reeb does it with some of their pieces to assemble an otherwise traditional frame, and I believe GG did too before they went carbon. Foes also pioneered hydroformed monocoque construction back in the 90s that uses two flat sheets, formed under pressure into halves and welded together down the center. Before carbon everybody was doing it, and it’s a great solution to making complex shapes cheaply and with minimal waste. CNC machining is cool, and billet parts have their application in cycling, but hydroforming just can’t be beat for this type of thing
maxyedor dan-roberts's article
Jul 7, 2020 at 8:42
Jul 7, 2020
First Look: DT Swiss' New 1501 & 1700 Spline Wheelsets
What are the other rim manufacturers warranty process? Do they just send you a new rim, or do they cover spokes, nipples and labor too? Genuine question as I have no idea and those extra costs would bring the real warranty replacement cost a lot closer together.
maxyedor brianpark's article
Jun 25, 2020 at 14:10
Jun 25, 2020
MTB on a Budget: Where to Spend & Where to Save on Mountain Bike Clothing - Part 1
@tsheep: Agreed on lights, I finally bit the bullet and got a 1000 lumen Glowworm that absolutely blows my 2500 lumen Magic Shine out of the water. It's a mid range light for sure, but compared to my MS it's smaller, lighter, better spread, longer battery life, better mounting system, and noticeably brighter. Now, a previous model year light from a reputable manufacturer on clearance? That's a good way to save a bundle. Bought one of Niterider's "all in one" lights for the road bike on sale for under $70, for a bright-as-hell 1200 lumen light that lasts a few rides before needing a recharge and mounts nicely to the underside of my Garmin, can't complain about that.
maxyedor brianpark's article
Jun 25, 2020 at 9:11
Jun 25, 2020
MTB on a Budget: Where to Spend & Where to Save on Mountain Bike Clothing - Part 1
This was a whole lot of words when the correct answer is “Buy last years model on closeout”. If your budget is really tight, but your gear on closeout from the moto shop, those fashionistas won’t touch anything that’s not current, gloves, goggles, pants, jerseys, dirt cheap. Bought 5 pairs of 100% gloves for $4/ea, and goggles for like $12
maxyedor edspratt's article
Jun 22, 2020 at 8:34
Jun 22, 2020
AbsoluteBlack Launches New Graphene Infused Chain Lube at $150 a Bottle
Barely more than double the price of Muc Off. WTF are they thinking? That’s way too cheap.
maxyedor dan-roberts's article
Jun 18, 2020 at 14:26
Jun 18, 2020
Last Bikes Launch the 2021 Glen & Coal
@pbuser2299: Being replaceable is a good thing when we're talking about tiny tabs that bear the brunt of a log or rock impact. A few companies are doing something similar and it's an outstanding idea IMHO.
maxyedor jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 17, 2020 at 13:03
Jun 17, 2020
Revenue Round Up: Strong Signs for the Bike Industry Following a Surge in Cycling Sales
Based on what I see on the paths and trails, that checks out. Even little kids aren’t wearing helmets. Time to find a company working on TBI treatment to invest in...
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