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monkeynaut henryquinney's article
Mar 24, 2023 at 10:41
11 hours
Video: A $600 Electronic Groupset, a Further Look at the KS Fork and Limited Run Brakes - Taipei Cycle Show 2023
It would actually be really good if more people knew about the KHS XXL bikes past their long headtubes. There are no other stock options available for anyone over 6'5" and the 747 Road and BNT MTB are about the only 'affordable' offerings before things hit custom builders like DirtySixer, Zinn (who designed the KHS) or Nicolai. While there are certain compromises on many XS bikes, there are at least good performance options. The world of MTB for the very tall is a grim place indeed. I saw what my 6' 10" friend's local shop did to stuff him onto a stock XL just to sell a bike, and it made me want to go kick everyone there in the junk. Tall folk deserve better.
monkeynaut mikelevy's article
Mar 24, 2023 at 7:30
14 hours
Brake Line Quick-Releases, Platform Pedals, & Clever Tools - Taipei Cycle Show 2023
This has been done on a number of custom bikepacking bikes and is a good solution except that it is very time consuming to add to a build, and requires a completely new frame or hundreds of dollars in labor if the tube fails.
monkeynaut pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 23, 2023 at 6:53
2 days
Specialized's New Epic Uncovered
Aero gains really kick in around the 20mph mark, so yeah, DH would benefit the most from a top speed perspective. However, given the length of XC races, it wouldn't hurt to add some aero improvements in to gain a little free speed. Plus, if you reduce the bulk of the main triangle you can gain a little bonus in strong crosswinds. Still, drivetrain efficiency, wheel bearing optimization, and tire choice probably have a bigger effect on XC than aero performance.
monkeynaut mikelevy's article
Mar 22, 2023 at 9:24
3 days
3D-Printed Titanium, Chocolate Grips, & an Electronic Dropper Post - Taipei Cycle Show 2023
I like that every few years somebody reinvents the Azonic Hammer stem in increasingly nice fit and finishes.
monkeynaut edspratt's article
Mar 5, 2023 at 12:17
Mar 5, 2023
Slack Randoms: Homemade Folding Bikes, Wooden Flat Pedals, Wild Swampfest Carnage & More
I'll bet real money that those pedals will be on a non-insignificant number of Super 73's in SoCal in pretty short order. Alternate the colors in the laminate layers to make them look like they're made from skateboards, and you'll sell even more.
monkeynaut seb-stott's article
Mar 2, 2023 at 9:24
Mar 2, 2023
Opinion: Five Things The Bike Industry Could Do Better
One of the best things they can do, which is finally starting to take hold with major brands, is to lean in on taking advantage of manufacturing at scale and stop doing model years. Molds, fixtures, safety testing and certifications, and worker training are all huge expenses and few people will meaningfully benefit from another 2mm of BB drop or a half degree slacker HA just to debut a new frame. You can definitely keep updating the highest end of things to use early adopters as guinea pigs for what will trickle down, but the majority of your line can remain more static with little impact. The ski and snowboard industry are experts at this and run 3-5 year product cycles that work very well for the majority of users. Slap a different graphic and color on it, update the spec as needed, and you've got a good chunk of time to go focus on the next, actually measurable change. Hell, Burton ran the same baseplates on their bindings for like a decade and just kept popping on different straps and highbacks as needed. That's a lot of money saved on their end.
monkeynaut seb-stott's article
Mar 2, 2023 at 9:12
Mar 2, 2023
Opinion: Five Things The Bike Industry Could Do Better
Ibis are my gold standard for documentation and communication to riders. Other brands give shops the same access to info, but hide it away in dealer manuals. Ibis trust the riders enough to give them all the info the should have, for them to use as they will.
monkeynaut dariodigiulio's article
Mar 2, 2023 at 9:07
Mar 2, 2023
Buying a Bike From a Shop Versus Buying Online
Reading the 3 and 4 star reviews of any shop can be illuminating. Those usually contain the most nuance, rather than simply effusive praise or spleen venting. Also, if there's a lot of long 5 five star reviews, like multi-paragraphs, that's usually a good sign.
monkeynaut dariodigiulio's article
Mar 2, 2023 at 9:04
Mar 2, 2023
Buying a Bike From a Shop Versus Buying Online
Nah, if it's a good enough shop there's still benefits. A full blind-bearing puller set, and bearing press set, to service linkages is not cheap, nor are the various specific tools for any suspension service that goes beyond wipers and seals. Also, shops give you time to do other stuff you need to do that isn't working on your bike. For people with kids, long hours at work, or more, that's pretty significant. Just because you can, doesn't mean you want to. Even chefs still go out to dinner.
monkeynaut dariodigiulio's article
Mar 2, 2023 at 8:59
Mar 2, 2023
Buying a Bike From a Shop Versus Buying Online
This is the way. The numbers don't sort for bikes much below 2.5k (I've checked), but there's a real place for boutique shops that go hard in on fitting and service. The problem right now is finding affordable commercial real estate close enough to a major client base that you can stay in business when the weather turns gross. I love cycling in pretty much all its forms (sorry, triathletes) and it's a bummer that a shop model like this excludes lower-income folk (like me!) but I think it's one of the best ways forward as margins continue to tighten. If you're near enough to an area with good infrastructure, you could even build in a high-end family bike business if you're feeling adventurous. Lotta per-hour labor bucks to be had on bakfeits, cargo bikes and other weirdness.
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