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scottrap Specialized's article
Mar 23, 2021 at 11:58
Mar 23, 2021
Specialized's Turbo Levo Launch Video Has Aliens & eMTBs
@withdignityifnotalacrity: True. I wasn't making the point that western companies are going away, just that we will see a lot more competion out of China.
scottrap Specialized's article
Mar 23, 2021 at 11:38
Mar 23, 2021
Specialized's Turbo Levo Launch Video Has Aliens & eMTBs
Yeah, this is pretty spot on. Companies like Specialized are not so much bike companies as they are marketing and logistic machines. Sure, their engineers design the bikes, but they are manufactured in a factory in China. The question I find interesting is what happens when Chinese companies start to enter the western markets for themselves (this is already happening, but on a very small scale). The tech is already there and Chinese production standards are infinitley higher than what they used to be. If you want to look into the future of the bike industry, first look to what is happening in bigger sectors like electric cars at this moment. The domestic Chinese EVs are nearly on par with Tesla. The West's technological advantages are negligable at this point, the only reason we pay these companies 13k for a bike that a Chinese company could sell at half that price is because of marketing and peace of mind. I predict that we are going to see a huge disruption in the market when Chinese domestic brands start offering top of line bikes at a fraction of the cost, especially in emerging markets like South America, where brand loyalties are not as well established and consumers are less likely to pay top dollar for an "American" product.
scottrap edspratt's article
Feb 9, 2021 at 9:56
Feb 9, 2021
Trek Partners with NICA to Create Scholarship to Increase Diversity in Mountain Biking
It would be great to get some program going that gets them on an MTB and does rides in the wiss.
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scottrap alicialeggett's article
Jan 20, 2021 at 9:19
Jan 20, 2021
Birzman Issues Safety Recall of Tubeless Inflators Sold Since 2017
scottrap bemorestoked's article
Nov 7, 2020 at 12:20
Nov 7, 2020
A Cacophony of Whimsical Bike Illustrations
These are awesome. Do you sell prints or posters?
scottrap scottrap's photo
Jul 9, 2020 at 20:56
Jul 9, 2020
Nice! This ancient Chinese is too hard for me haha.

scottrap mysticmountainadventures's article
Jun 26, 2020 at 5:53
Jun 26, 2020
Photo Story: Finding Paradise and Purpose in a Pandemic
@mtnmanjake: I think you're a really good writer mate, keep it up
scottrap scottrap's article
Jun 11, 2020 at 20:14
Jun 11, 2020
Photo Story: The Riders and Trails of Southwest China
I can assure you the government did not pay pb to put this up. I did not get paid anything. 1 out of every 7 humans live in this country, you can't just judge everyone here based on news articles. The whole point of this article was to try to show another side of this country. Like I said in the opening paragraph, this article has nothing to do with geopolitics. It's just about riding bikes.
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