Mar 9, 2018 at 15:52Mar 9, 2018
Anton Cooper's Trek Procaliber Hardtail at Stellenbosch World Cup XCO - Bike Check
IsoSpeed decoupler at the seat/top tube junction is cool. So is the "not actually a GripShift shifter" twisty grip RockShox fork remote. Too bad they ruined it all by putting an athlete on a bike that clearly doesn't fit, as evidenced by the idiotic cockpit set up. When asking your Trek teammates for set up advice you're best off ignoring Emily Batty and her batsh*t crazy advice on stems and bike fit.
Mar 7, 2018 at 10:29Mar 7, 2018
First Ride: Intense Sniper Elite XC
That dazzle/camo pattern on the Sniper Elite XC is probably the best colourway Intense has come up with in years. Maybe they've hired a proper graphic designer and brand manager?
Mar 7, 2018 at 10:26Mar 7, 2018
First Ride: Intense Sniper Elite XC
No, it's not odd that going direct suddenly provided Intense with this type of information. You'd probably like to think Intense was collecting this data before. Sadly, you're more wrong than right but probably not for the reasons you think. In short, either Intense couldn't get their hands on most/all of the data they can now get before going direct, or it just didn't exist. For data to exist it has to be compiled; someone has to observe, analyse, and create it. When a company like Intense is dealing with shops, there are barriers in place to getting data. Everything from shop staff responsible for buying, to sales people, to owners, to the Point of Sale system used by shops, to a bike manufacturer's relationship with each and every single shop they sell bikes to, will affect what said bike producer (in this case Intense) can get in terms of info and data. If anyone at any step of that chain isn't observing, analysing, and creating data, a producer can't get it. You almost had it when you mentioned "bulk" orders, or "booking orders" as they're known in the business. Those orders will obscure what's going on to a certain extent, because good shops will buy based on what's hot, what works on local trails, what their consumers can afford, and about a billion other factors. Know what doesn't get booked? 100mm travel 29ers with traditional race geo. Why? Because it's a niche market, most shops don't know how to deal with them, not that many people race cross country and buying cross country race bikes, and frankly because they used to suck in terms of being a "mountain bike". So when a company creates a short-travel 29er with aggressive all-mountain/enduro-ish geometry that actually works on dirt, it's a hard sell to most shops. They don't get it, they haven't seen sales in that category for a long time, and it's basically a completely new type of bike. Do their customers want it? Is it better than a 130-150mm travel bike? Does anyone at all need it? Who knows but now we're stuck with a chicken-or-egg scenario. Does consumer demand come first? Are we creating demand by putting these bikes out in the market? Most importantly: will they sell? Yeah, it's a mess.
somebikeguy mikekazimer's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 0:42Jan 17, 2018
SRAM's New DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - First Look
So right now product managers, designers, engineers, and even accountants at mountain bike manufacturers are all in agreement: this is a great development. Picking a crankset for a production bike just got a lot less tedious, as did making sure you got the right bottom bracket and that the whole thing actually works properly with a given drivetrain. In fact, bike companies like it so much that SRAM is making a running change on all mountain bike cranks to immediately move to this 28.99 mm spindle. And each individual crankset and BB is a little bit less expensive because development and tooling costs can be spread out over a greater number of cranks. Oh, and your inventory and control costs got a lot lower based simply on the fact that the # of SKUs has been cut by what, 2/3s? Let's call all of this winning, just for fun. For shops, there's literally zero problems. The usual smorgasbord of SRAM BBs will still be available, only now any bike that comes in with a "DUB" crank in need of new BB is made about 17 times easier to deal with. Bike with a DUB crank needs a new BB? It's literally one of four, only. Realistically probably only one of two BBs for most shops. Which means it'll be a lot easier to stock SRAM BBs, making easier and faster for you to go to your local shop to have yours replaced. As Charlie Sheen once said, now we're bi-winning. Other benefits? An XO1 crank is now lighter than a Race Face NextR crank. And it's less expensive. And it's easier to deal with and there's no need to mess around with a removable spindle. An XX1 crank w/chainring is now roughly 100g lighter than an XTR 1X Boost crank before you bolt a chainring onto it. Is the 28.99mm spindle any stiffer? Doesn't matter. It's lighter, at least as stiff, durable, and plays nice with pretty much every bottom bracket shell standard that actually matters and is in common use. So now we're actually tri-winning, maybe? The only stupid thing is SRAM deciding to make a bigger deal of this than necessary. Fact: this isn't a big deal to bike buyers and riders. The annoying video and press releases that make it seem like this is the best thing to ever happen to bike components are silly. You found a way to drastically reduce your SKUs and make life a bit easier for product people everywhere, you haven't cured cancer. Get over it.
somebikeguy vernonfelton's article
Nov 9, 2017 at 13:14Nov 9, 2017
7mesh Revelation Jacket V2 - Review
I guess you don't need high end outerwear when all you do is sit behind a laptop all winter, complaining about how expensive outerwear is on Pinkbike. Know who isn't doing that because they're too busy being comfortable and safe outside? People who own high end outerwear. Sucks to be the average Pinkbike user, I guess?
somebikeguy vernonfelton's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 16:51Nov 3, 2017
Hanging Up Your Helmet This Winter? – Pinkbike Poll
Mountain biking is something I do because skiing in the summer is difficult. Not impossible but a hassle. The bike I can jump on and ride out of my front door, but summer skiing requires a significant effort for ever-worsening snow. Needless to say, I'm not riding through the winter.
Oct 31, 2017 at 8:30Oct 31, 2017
Patrol 672 – Review
In the US, Transition will sell you an aluminum Patrol for $2999. Sure you get 11 speed NX and a Yari fork, but it comes with a Raceface dropper and decent tires. Or you can go see your Giant dealer and get a Reign 2 for $2700. The Deore 1 X 10 isn't super fancy but does come with an 11-42 cassette so your range is the same as a decent 1 X 11. Yari fork, decent tires, dropper, tubeless out of the box, and geometry that is exactly the same as that on the bikes used by Giant's EWS team. Want to go internet direct? Commencal is more than happy to take your business. And in exchange for $2999 USD, they'll give you a Meta AM V4.2 with NX on it. And a Lyric. And a Deluxe RT shock. Most importantly, it comes in a colour called "Shiny Gun Metal Grey" which is just about the coolest colour ever. Important: all of the bikes above come with proper long/low/slack geo, wider rims, OK to great tires, and decent contact points. Inexpensive doesn't have to mean terrible. It might mean you should lower your expectations a bit, but even then I just found 3 bikes in less than 5 minutes on which you won't and I'm sure there's more out there. So if you're going to review "inexpensive" bikes ($3k is NOT an expensive bike to most consumers, just FYI), at least do what most consumers will do, which is shop around. Now, if you want to do "inexpensive bikes in parts of the world that aren't the United States," then you might be on to something. That same Transition Patrol bike in Canada? Nearly $4000. So yeah... that's fun.
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Oct 21, 2017 at 16:30Oct 21, 2017
somebikeguy AJBarlas's article
Oct 18, 2017 at 16:04Oct 18, 2017
Rémy Métailler Denied US Entry, Won't Be At Rampage
There's a law firm in California that focuses its practice on action sports, including immigration and visa issues. 5 minutes with Google plus a few hundred bucks would have likely made this a non-issue for Remy, assuming he'd gotten organized well in advance. Alternatively, he could have asked any number of pro mountain bikers that he's liable to know personally and have contact #s for and they would have told him the same thing. But not bothering? When you're going to what is said to be the most important event of your season and your career? That's not professional. Costs be damned. If not being at Rampage is a career limiting move, you organise it properly. Don't believe me? www.actionsportslawgroup.com
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Oct 18, 2017 at 15:15Oct 18, 2017