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michibretz danielsapp's article
Oct 18, 2018 at 17:02
14 hours
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Replace Your Tires?
i run them into the ground a couple of times a year!
michibretz RichardCunningham's article
Oct 15, 2018 at 17:25
Oct 15, 2018
michibretz mikekazimer's article
Oct 15, 2018 at 17:17
Oct 15, 2018
First Look: Fox Racing's Fall 2018 Outerwear
@dhx42: your math isn't that much off... you can do the math from the other side too. A good 3 layer membrane material is anywhere from 15-30 dollar per yard or easily double that if you go for a name brand material like gore, event or schoeller. A jacket like this uses anywhere between 1.5 and 2 yards of material. that gives you a material price of of somewhere between 30$ for a low end to 60$ for a gore jacket. Now you add 3 dollars for every waterproof zipper, 1 dollar for every of the big fox logo HF-prints, 5 dollar for other trims, some money for linings at the pocket, 10-20 dollars of labor depending if you want taped seams and in which factory you produce. Lets say the is about 100 Dollars FOB without shipping or trumps new tariffs which will soon raise the cost for customers further. On this 100 dollars Fox will try to make at least a 50 margin, probably more these days because their shareholders request a certain minimum on every product. Anyway this margin also pays the salaries of everyone working at FOX, for all the designers and developers, for the pattern makers and fit technicians, for the sales guys and the logistics department that bring the stuff to your shop, for warehousing and last but not least Loris and Laurie want to be paid too tor race in the stuff... So we are at $150 or a little bit more which is what the shop pays for the jacket. The shop tries to sell it for 300 however the already know that not everything will sell and some of the stuff will land on the sales rack. So a shop already calculates with a lower retail price. From their margin the shop has to pay the rent, the employes, the electricity and their taxes... anyway, bottom line... some people might think they are overpaying but no one gets rich in this industry...
michibretz pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 5, 2018 at 19:12
Oct 5, 2018
Rocky Mountain Has 160 Bikes Stolen From Container
michibretz mikelevy's article
Sep 21, 2018 at 8:47
Sep 21, 2018
The Cutaway Special - Interbike 2018
@mrleach: thumbs up for explanations/comments based on facts and physics!
michibretz mikelevy's article
Sep 20, 2018 at 9:18
Sep 20, 2018
The Cutaway Special - Interbike 2018
@Svinyard: Funny how different experiences can be. I got dt240 too. Could not possibly dislike them more. First of all mine are centerlock which really limits what brake you can run and you need tools on trail you don't usually carry in case something comes loose or gets bent, then for some reason the bearings do not last in them no matter what quality i put in. Original or Enduro ceramic, doesn't matter after a few month they all feel exactly the same as the freehub... never had that with kings or I9... i would even trade them for some generic shimano's if it wasn't for rebuilding my rims on different hubs...
michibretz mikelevy's article
Sep 17, 2018 at 21:20
Sep 17, 2018
Ride Concepts' Transition Clip-in Shoe - Interbike 2018
what is acceptable and what's not is pretty much personal preference. I personally wouldn't want the cleats further back and don't enjoy riding a lot of the DH/Freeride shoes for that reason. I am totally on board with more adjustability being better though...
michibretz mikelevy's article
Sep 17, 2018 at 19:36
Sep 17, 2018
Ride Concepts' Transition Clip-in Shoe - Interbike 2018
@Ryanrobinson1984: its part of of how i earn my living...
michibretz mikelevy's article
Sep 17, 2018 at 17:58
Sep 17, 2018
Ride Concepts' Transition Clip-in Shoe - Interbike 2018
The "getting hard on impact" is an oversimplification of what really happens on impact. Materials like D3O or Poron XRD (g-form) are converting energy of an impact into another form of energy that won't hurt you. For example into heat. Some materials are better at doing this than others. In XRD foam you have for example millions of small air chambers that are connected by even smaller holes (open cell foam). If you compress the material you push air out of the camber into the next one through the tiny hole which makes the air get warmer and therefor transfer the mechanical energy of the impact into thermal energy. It is basically the same principle like dampening in your fork, wich also gets warm when you ride, only on a microscopic scale. If you hit harder and faster this dampening effect is bigger than if you deform very slowly (low speed vs high speed dampening) hence the old story about getting harder on impact. I have personally never worked with D3O or Leatt's Gel and lack the details but I believe these materials work on a Molecular level where super long polymer molecules have to be rearranged during deformation and the process of energy transformation. Imagine pulling one spaghetti out of a pot of pasta. Pull slowly and the single noodle will come out just fine. Rip fast on that one noodle and you will send half the pot flying... Point is this is a complicated story to tell so a lot of shop attendants go like: "it gets harder on impact" because everyone has experienced hard protectors saving them from injury and can wrap their head around this concept. On a side note all that hard shell pads do is redistribute the impact energy. Means a lot of energy from a small spot on the outside gets redistributed to a bigger area of lower energy on the inside so it doesn't hurt as much rather than converting the energy of the impact into another form of energy that doesn't hurt. anyways, i hope this helps to understand why these materials make sense in footwear as well.
michibretz pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 15, 2018 at 13:13
Sep 15, 2018
Crowdfunding Set Up For Jared Graves With #StrengthForJared Campaign
Why do most english speaking countries like GoFundMe so much better than health care systems? I don't Get it... Anyway, most importantly get better Jared!
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