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salespunk danielsapp's article
Dec 11, 2018 at 8:22
19 hours
Pinkbike Awards: Component of the Year Nominees
A set of 20 year old cranks nominated for product of the year. Quality endures! Also really want to ride the new XTR. Shimano takes good products (V Brakes, clutch freehubs, 12 spd) and makes them awesome. Signed, A Shimano fanboi
salespunk RichardCunningham's article
Dec 10, 2018 at 8:22
2 days
Rest in Peace: The Rise & Fall of Interbike
This is an example (in economic terms) of perfect information leading to a perfect market. When all of the information is available to all parties at the same time the traditional providers loose leverage and therefore margin. Traditionally those providers (LBS/Car Dealer/etc) should be the experts in their products. This is their ONLY VALUE! How many times do you walk into a dealer of any kind, not just an LBS, and you know more than the person trying to sell you the product? The only other value a LBS could provide would be stocking the product you want for immediate pickup. If they are not experts or do not have stock why do they deserve higher margins? At this point the majority of LBS must cede the high end market to the internet. The only thing saving them is the outdated dealer agreement that some bike companies still have that says you must buy a bike from a dealer and not online. If YT/Canyon/etc ever figure out their supply chains to keep bikes in stock and available at all times it will be the death of Specialized/SC/etc. I have taken delivery of a Canyon via an online order and the build was better quality than 99% of the bikes on the floor at most dealers. BTW if you think I am just cynical, I put myself through college for a degree in economics by working in shops. I truly believe in their value, but there are 1 in 1000 shop owners out there that understand the value they provide. How many of the shop employees out there get weekly education by the shop? For those of you that do take the time to educate yourselves, are you the rule or the exception in your shop? There are good shops out there, but again they are few and far between. Adapt or die...
salespunk rynopowermarketing's article
Nov 18, 2018 at 12:37
Nov 18, 2018
Video: A Day in the Life of Rachel Strait
Real food doesn't come with an easy button
salespunk mikekazimer's article
Nov 12, 2018 at 12:38
Nov 12, 2018
Review: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29
@russthedog: a skilled rider can definitely push harder on the Evo. So much traction and it makes technical sections almost laughable. BTW I agree with @iqbal-achieve, this should be standard geometry for lower level bikes. Not saying that it shouldn't be on the Enduro, but it is a huge advantage for newer riders. It is like cheating for anything remotely technical up or down.
salespunk mikekazimer's article
Nov 12, 2018 at 12:36
Nov 12, 2018
Review: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29
Carbon is coming in the Evo, it has flashed on the Specialized website several times. Having owned a 2017 Enduro I can honestly say I don't notice the difference in travel. The Evo has the best suspension curve I have ever ridden. Supple off the bottom to absorb the chatter, but very progressive to handle the big hits and provide awesome mid stroke support. Also you could theoretically pull the 5 mm spacer in the rear shock and get ~155 mm of travel.
salespunk mikekazimer's article
Nov 12, 2018 at 12:31
Nov 12, 2018
Review: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29
Obviously you haven't ridden one
salespunk mikekazimer's article
Nov 12, 2018 at 12:30
Nov 12, 2018
Review: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29
I bought an Evo about two months ago and have almost the exact same feedback. Suspension is awesome compared to any price point (I have an ACS equipped 36 RC2). It is a monster on steep technical tracks and I don't even notice that it "only" has 140 mm of travel. The Manic post has been trouble free. The BB is LOW, planning on moving to the High position and then increasing the fork travel to 160 to maintain the geo. Also it weighs within 1 lb of my full carbon (frame, wheels, etc) HTLT with a few smart upgrades. The HTLT is a better option for a lot of riders that don't monster mash steep blown out trails on a regular basis, but here in Socal the Evo is a weapon.
salespunk bicyclerider's article
Nov 5, 2018 at 8:01
Nov 5, 2018
Making a Modern Bike Resemble a Retro Classic
First off, awesome project. Second, it is amazing to see someone following their passion. Love watching your projects, stay true.
salespunk mikekazimer's article
Oct 18, 2018 at 9:23
Oct 18, 2018
Time Capsule: 2006 - Pinkbike's 20th Anniversary
I was only 36! Those were the days....
salespunk RichardCunningham's article
Oct 16, 2018 at 11:04
Oct 16, 2018
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1993 AMP Research B2
My favorite tire of all time. I can still remember the two wheel slides into every corner!
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