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misterkslays mattbeer's article
Feb 27, 2024 at 8:45
Feb 27, 2024
Review: Lewis LHT Ultimate Brakes - Clones or Contenders?
@suspended-flesh: I go to China 2-3 times per year and have many friends that live there. I completely understand what happens in China that doesn't make it out. I don't need to have a social media account to do that. Your assumption that every Chinese citizen has the existence you like to watch on your phone is ridiculous. Every country in the world has groups of people that lead a horrible existence independent of the flag flown and the type of government in power. Good luck trying to live any sort of modern life with none of your money going to China. I'll stand by everything I've typed; not all Chinese factories are slave shops, there are lots of entrepreneurial and happily living Chinese citizens, and it is up to TrickStuff/DT Swiss to prioritize protecting their product. They have 2 German patents with figures that look similar to Maxima brakes all filed in 2022, which seems too late per US law but maybe DE is different. DE-102022121163-A1, DE-102022121164-A1. Maybe Lewis or Pinkbike will update us in the future if DT Swiss files suite for infringement.
misterkslays mattbeer's article
Feb 26, 2024 at 9:45
Feb 26, 2024
Review: Lewis LHT Ultimate Brakes - Clones or Contenders?
@daveew: If TrickStuff hasn't protected their Trade Dress (trademarks), innovative functional features (utility patents), or stylized design (design patents) they themselves have chosen the path of not thinking those are valuable and then have zero ground to stand on or complain about someone cloning their product and evolving it. That is the world we live in. Most people and companies are not innovators and they just regurgitate existing products in their search for the easiest path to generate some revenue. Yes IP protection and enforcement is expensive but you need to do at least the basics of trademarks + design patents on anything you're selling some reasonable quantity of annually. Let's see if DT Swiss even cares about this company or has the legal grounds to pursue litigation against Lewis. I suspect it won't.
misterkslays mattbeer's article
Feb 23, 2024 at 13:54
Feb 23, 2024
Review: Lewis LHT Ultimate Brakes - Clones or Contenders?
Lots of assumptions made in this entire discussion. As someone who is personally in engineering and global sourcing I can say yes there are lots of counterfeiting and questionable business practices in China and much of the world. However, there are also TONS of Chinese entrepreneurs that simply have the advantage of China seeing the value in being a manufacturing power house for the last 30 years when other countries have abandoned. I've been to countless Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai machine shops and factories that other countries would dream of having all staffed by prideful and enthusiastic employees not slaves. How many times have you been to China and specifically to visit a manufacturing facility? I am not defending Lewis or condoning counterfeiting, I spend hours and lots of resources combating international counterfeiting for my company and understand it sucks. But if you don't make the necessary moves to protect your IP don't complain when someone clones the concept and adds their own take to it while at the same time leveraging their accessible resources. But let's ask some simple questions. What IP of Trickstuff does this infringe on? Do you have the patent or trademark numbers? Does Trickstuff actually have any patents? I don't see any reference to patents on their site. If they have a design patent on the appearance on their MC/Lever than yes there is a path for litigation otherwise I don't think there are any IP infringements here. Lewis doesn't seem to making any claims to anything besides the patent pending features THEY invented not Trickstuff. Are there labor issues in China? Absolutely. Do they exist in machine shops not really. Mostly isolated to raw materials, apparel, and electronics. At the end of the day it is customer choice to purchase a product and the great thing about most of the world not being socialist is that we get to vote with our dollars.
misterkslays mattbeer's article
Feb 23, 2024 at 12:37
Feb 23, 2024
Review: Lewis LHT Ultimate Brakes - Clones or Contenders?
@mattbeer: Needs to include a lab with brake dyno to give us quantitative numbers not just qualitative ride impressions. Run with as shipped pads and then with a control pad set across all brakes to give us something to actually make purchase decisions.
misterkslays sarahmoore's article
Jan 10, 2024 at 7:40
Jan 10, 2024
Intense Factory Racing Teases 4 Racers - [Update: Aaron Gwin Confirms He's No Longer on Intense]
No, he was owner of the race team, which would have been a separate business entity.
misterkslays Bowheadcorp's article
Jan 7, 2024 at 10:21
Jan 7, 2024
misterkslays dariodigiulio's article
Oct 19, 2023 at 10:12
Oct 19, 2023
Yamaha Teases Electromagnetic Steering Damper
Let's hear about the KYB fork and shock.
misterkslays dariodigiulio's article
Oct 4, 2023 at 8:48
Oct 4, 2023
Guerrilla Gravity Appears to Have Closed Up Shop
@davemays: yes generally an investment bank will represent the interests of the current investors, it's not like Ebay or Zillow, that has a public facing view. You need to be qualified to see what is available. Big names in this space are Stifel and a few of the big banks.
misterkslays PrivateerBikes's article
Jul 14, 2023 at 13:11
Jul 14, 2023
Video: Privateer Releases the DJ101
@darkstar66: Yes!!!! Any more homophobia or anything you'd like to get out in place of factual items that would support your thought that things should be equal cost to 15 years ago? Work harder or educate yourself on what is happening in the world so you can buy some more bikes.
misterkslays PrivateerBikes's article
Jul 14, 2023 at 11:49
Jul 14, 2023
Video: Privateer Releases the DJ101
@liamjblackmore: Mr Darkstar claimed the following, "take in to account mass produced frames and components are cheaper not[now] than they ever were in 2008.........its a Dj hardly cutting edge 2023 tech bro. Yes they are charging too much and yes people will be pissed about it. Go f*ck your inflation justification......" I proceeded to present him with the facts about nothing being cheaper than it was in 2008 specifically labor, shipping, materials and then calculating estimated margins being made on some bikes. And here we are. Literally any bike you chose you can find something that will do similar on the market for less money. I think darkstar is just mad at Specialized or hasn't gotten a raise in 5 years.
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