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snl1200 paulaston's article
Jan 14, 2019 at 21:54
Jan 14, 2019
Review: Intense's M29 is a DH Racing Thoroughbred
@ratedgg13: Sorry- can you remind me why where it is sold is important? Have you ridden the bike? Do you know if there are concerns with the quality of the materials, layup, or the way it rides? The department stores comment was an analogy used to distinguish boutique- or specialty high end- bike brands from others. Whether over not MEC sells a variety of outdoor gear, is a glossy yuppee factory, and isn’t considered as ‘bro’ as other options doesn’t factor into the quality and ride of an Intense bike IMO.
snl1200 paulaston's article
Jan 14, 2019 at 11:42
Jan 14, 2019
Review: Intense's M29 is a DH Racing Thoroughbred
@ratedgg13: I think if your definition for boutique is that the frame must be made in the country of origin for the company you would knock out most companies that currently are commonly defined under that categorization- either way it is just a socially agreed upon grouping. I'm not a fanboy of Intense as I never loved the way VPP rode historically though do appreciate their racing heritage and contributions to the sport. It sounds like you are questioning their quality, their value, and the reputability of the shops you have seen them sold at- all great discussions but personally I have never fit those factors into whether or not I define a bike brand as boutique or not. You might- and others might- I have not though.
snl1200 paulaston's article
Jan 14, 2019 at 10:13
Jan 14, 2019
Review: Intense's M29 is a DH Racing Thoroughbred
"Boutique" typically speaks to the production quantities and range of the company (Boutique shop vs. department store) which may or may not be related to the price and quality. Someone can make a few of a crap bike and another could make a whole lot of a great bike. What often seems to happen is companies make a pile of crap bikes (crap as defined by a pinkbike- "I only ride technical single track- stop dumbing down the trails man!"- user) and then a couple of marquee high end bikes- look at Giant, Specialized or Trek for that. Does that mean that the quality of their high end bikes gets evaluated based on their low end bikes built with low end spec? Maybe but not necessarily. Companies like Intense, Santa Cruz, Transition etc. don't run the full range (boutique vs. department store) that those other companies do- there are no $429 hardtail completes from any of those brands- which is what makes them "boutique"- in that their overall production numbers aren't as high and what they put out tends to only be high end (to a general consumer). I don't think "boutique" necessarily means it's ultra rare or that you won't find them on sale- I would say Intense still counts as boutique but if you want a super rare bike- sure...they may not fit the bill for you but also remember rarity and quality are not the same thing either- they can be but they aren't always.
snl1200 paulaston's article
Jan 14, 2019 at 8:59
Jan 14, 2019
Review: Intense's M29 is a DH Racing Thoroughbred
Yep- in a world where actors who don't ride bikes are being given massive cheques to sling them to the superficial masses without a word of how they perform compared to other bikes- reviews by writer/riders like Aston are the stuff I enjoy. I think I learned from the ideal geometry article that I'm looking for a ride closer to what Kazimer or Sapp are into but huge props from me for the knowledge, experience, transparency and attention to detail in Aston's pieces.
snl1200 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 10, 2019 at 11:10
Jan 10, 2019
Video: Christopher Walken Stars in New YT Jeffsy Teaser Video
A significant shift in advertising happened in the early 1900's when corporations decided they would sell more product if they sold "emotion" and attached it to the product than if they objectively described the benefits and characteristics of the product. One of the first major efforts was in 1929 when Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, branded cigarettes as "Torches of Freedom" to sell them to women- as lung disease and respiratory problems had been a man's game up till then. I'd say most of modern advertising currently is selling us emotions and hoping we associate those emotions with their product. This was a blatant example of that. Love Walken- It was great art- but a bike- and specifically theirs- as providing the same safety and warmth as a human relationship? I love my bike and as a tool it helps me feel better and experience the world in a far more rewarding way. I'd go far enough to say I love my bike even. Not like a human relationship though. That was a lot of money to tell me how I should feel about something and no money into telling me what it is. I'd be fine with less of this and more on the product. Yep- TLDR- I get it- probably wrote this more to organize what doesn't sit well with me than anything else. Still liked the art- just hate the manipulative BS we are flooded with.
snl1200 SigurdSP's article
Jan 9, 2019 at 8:22
Jan 9, 2019
Video: A Shredit from the Norwegian National XC Team
@SigurdSP: Comment wasn't a dig at you guys or a way to downplay what are clearly significant skills on the bike- more a reflection on the way "shredit" was used to advert the video. "Shredit" often refers to a looser and more aggressive style of riding than was portrayed in the video.
snl1200 SigurdSP's article
Jan 8, 2019 at 8:49
Jan 8, 2019
Video: A Shredit from the Norwegian National XC Team
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8CmOUx9fME ...
snl1200 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 8, 2019 at 8:40
Jan 8, 2019
R.I.P Chris McCrum - Squamish Legend Passes Away in Skiing Accident
Well said Eyun. The Pinkbike comments section is an interesting place. The article is honouring someone who recently died- and will be read by both people who knew them and others who didn't. I think arguing about the subjective safety of road bikes over mountain bikes might not be what is helpful for those feeling the gut wringing and inconsolable pain of losing someone important to them. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Chris made some wonderful and compassionate contributions to mountain biking that will live on and was someone who meant a lot to a lot of people. I've spent my life outdoors and know the reward we can find pushing our limits or just appreciating being somewhere beautiful and natural- I'm glad we continue to pursue this but also appreciate the necessary sadness of losing some of our outdoor family to the added risks that come with that reward. Thank you Chris for your contributions and I hope those of you feeling the pain of this loss have support and compassion available to you as losing those we love sucks and is a necessary but horrific pain.
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