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patrick2cents housemartin's article
Mar 13, 2017 at 7:10
Mar 13, 2017
NZ Enduro Day Three, Rain Soaked Wrap-Up - Photos and Video
Edit: I found out Odin Woods got 29th out of 54 (not counting dnf's) in the men's open. Quite a showing on a hardtail...
patrick2cents housemartin's article
Mar 13, 2017 at 7:05
Mar 13, 2017
NZ Enduro Day Three, Rain Soaked Wrap-Up - Photos and Video
That's what I wanted to know as well...
patrick2cents mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2017 at 11:14
Mar 9, 2017
Maxxis Unveils Tubeless Ready DH Tires, More 2.6” Options
They are releasing the 26x2.8 minions (DHR II and DHF) in April. Real world measurements on those is just a hair over 2.6 on an i30 rim at normal pressure. I'm ordering a few as soon as I am able (soon!).
patrick2cents mikekazimer's article
Mar 4, 2017 at 3:52
Mar 4, 2017
Ridden and Rated: Six Tires for Rugged Trails
@jaame: no, but how many crf450rs does Honda produce? And in one size and spec (OK... There's the x version as well). So you would have a lot more hours for the bike overall, but per bike built, your development costs are a lot less.
patrick2cents mikekazimer's article
Mar 3, 2017 at 13:27
Mar 3, 2017
Ridden and Rated: Six Tires for Rugged Trails
@gonecoastal: not unaware of the KTM line up, but even so, there's one size and spec for each model (excluding things like the six days versions). Also, companies develop products to the point consumers are willing to pay for them, and there's a diminishing point of return in each. Max for two wheel dirt toys (pedal or not) seems to be around 10k (average probably 3.5k for pedal, 8k for a motor). You could design and manufacture a carbon everything special edition 500cc 180lb dirt monster (equivalent to a top spec mountain bike), but I doubt you sell many as you'd likely be over 50k. It's a lot easier to sell a tricked out 10k mountain bike because folks are willing to pay that for a hobby.
patrick2cents mikekazimer's article
Mar 3, 2017 at 8:18
Mar 3, 2017
Ridden and Rated: Six Tires for Rugged Trails
@jaame: Manufacturing process and raw materials are significantly more crude on a MX bike than on a top level mountain bike.... Chris Cocalis ( founder of pivot) even noted that. Basically, assembly methods and materials of a dirt bike (he rides KTM enduro's IIRC) are about equivalent to a starter aluminum mountain bike. The R&D costs are more, but when you realize they make one size per model, and make a lot more of them, the R&D per bike is less.
patrick2cents mikekazimer's article
Mar 2, 2017 at 12:45
Mar 2, 2017
Ridden and Rated: Six Tires for Rugged Trails
Yeah I paid $40 shipped from Merlin Cycles over the holidays... really quite cheap for a top-flight tire. Love them tons and they seem to wear quite well.
patrick2cents mikekazimer's article
Mar 2, 2017 at 12:27
Mar 2, 2017
Ridden and Rated: Six Tires for Rugged Trails
@tack836: Not really... the suspension on both are pretty comparable as far as the sophistication of the valving, only the bike has a much more complex problem of also having to pedal well, and also has to be light.... pretty much any moto you kind buy (dirt bike, street bike.. etc) is made pretty crudely compared to a high end bike. Try making a mx bike with a full carbon frame and every single last component optimized for weight and strength (no cast parts, no cheap steels, no plastic, carbon everything), and see how much that will run you. There really isn't a market for that, so they aren't manufactured. But if you were to build dirt bikes like you build mountain bikes, they'd be pretty incredibly expensive too.
Jan 24, 2017 at 13:53
Jan 24, 2017
patrick2cents vernonfelton's article
Jan 24, 2017 at 6:50
Jan 24, 2017
Kona Launches New 2017 Models
@cstishenko: Wow that's awesome! I've already built a new wheelset for this project and have just been waiting on tires...
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