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somebikeguy sarahmoore's article
Jul 3, 2020 at 14:48
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Rapha Announces New Line of Cycling Eyewear
I feel like “Rapha announces new eyewear line up” is a headline that every cycling news outlet has to find a new way to make seem exciting every 6-8 months. Has Rapha ever had an eyewear lineup last longer than 6 months before ditching it and starting from scratch? Also these look like they got some help from 100% maybe?
somebikeguy COMMENCALbicycles's article
Jun 22, 2020 at 12:27
Jun 22, 2020
Commencal Unveils 2021 Meta AM 29
I’m sorry but as soon as I read “aluminum bike that costs over $5000” I need someone to explain to me why on earth I’d buy anything in that category of bike other than a Santa Cruz. They’re all bad value per $ spent compared to carbon bikes so why on earth wouldn’t I just buy the heavy, less durable aluminum version of the bike I actually want? The spec on these isn’t “better enough” to be worth the price tags. Alternately if all I’m after is a relatively inexpensive aluminum mountain bike and I live in Canada, why isn’t Giant at the top of the list? At least they’ll stand by their product when it breaks, plus the spec is unbeatable for the money and the bikes all generally ride well. What makes a Commencal special and worth the $?
somebikeguy jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 22, 2020 at 11:05
Jun 22, 2020
Getting to Know: Japan's Answer to Fabio Wibmer, Tomomi Nishikubo
There’s something about this guy’s style on a bike. It’s not quite typical and very, very good. Also not typical is his ability to showcase sponsors properly. He’s great at that. Loving it. Stoked to see more.
somebikeguy mikekazimer's article
Jun 18, 2020 at 15:57
Jun 18, 2020
Rocky Mountain Announces Recall of Alloy 2018 - 2020 Instinct, Instinct BC, & Pipeline
This couldn’t have been an easy discussion internally at Rocky Mountain. For what it’s worth coming from the Pinkbike comments gallery, I really appreciate seeing a bike company handle this in what seems to be an open, honest, and fair manner. From experience I know how tempting it can be to sweep a product issue under the proverbial rug. Glad Rocky didn’t choose that option.
somebikeguy jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 15, 2020 at 23:58
Jun 15, 2020
The Moorhuhn is an Additive Manufactured Frame Hoping To ‘Make Steel Sexy Again’
No one: Absolutely, totally, for sure no one: Guy making this bike: “Hey guys I made you an 8.6 lb (no shock!) steel full suspension frame. It’s SUPER PRETTY!!! Did I mention I’m making 12 a year, max, and that each of them costs €6000 or $9200 CAD??!? YEAH BOI YA HEARD?!?” It’s a good looking frame. And if I needed a frame to hang on my wall this would be a top contender. But to ride? As a bike? No one is asking for this. Come on. Plus production is going to be a nightmare.
somebikeguy mikelevy's article
May 9, 2020 at 14:40
May 9, 2020
Specialized Diverge EVO: Gravel Shredder, High-End Hybrid, or Just a Rigid Mountain Bike?
So it’s a rad dad hybrid. Or just a really expensive, high end version of what most non-cyclists would consider a bike. Or a really fun commuter bike. Or a gravel bike for people who have neck, back, or wrist issues and can’t handle a drop bar. Or... or... a million other things that make sense, at least for some. I might not want one. Clearly enough people probably do for Specialized to produce it. That’s cool. Also gravel bikes in general are just a lot of fun when you figure out that they’re just road bikes that don’t suck, that you can ride on more varied surfaces, and that don’t have to follow the UCI’s idiotic rules on frame geometry.
somebikeguy edspratt's article
Apr 30, 2020 at 14:02
Apr 30, 2020
Privateer Launch $3,075 161 Enduro Race Bike
The value here is amazing. Is this what happens when direct-to-consumer bike companies decide to merely survive on bike-shop margins above their landed cost price?
somebikeguy mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2020 at 18:11
Mar 19, 2020
Opinion: 4 Lessons From Riding Inexpensive Bikes
@mikelevy: looking forward to it. Thanks!
somebikeguy mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2020 at 18:11
Mar 19, 2020
Opinion: 4 Lessons From Riding Inexpensive Bikes
@nurseben: Nope. Tires, grips and other touch points are wear items so worth talking about in terms of upgrades if only because eventually you’ll have to anyways, assuming the bike gets ridden. A Charger damper upgrade for a Yari is less than $300 CAD, a Vorsprung smashpot kit is $420 CAD. Worth it? Maybe, I don’t know. A well researched article on these topics would be interesting. A carbon bar and more expensive stem? Highly unlikely to be worth it. Low friction fork seals and a shock tune? Again, maybe, and I’d like to read more about it. Moreover, so would a lot of riders who are newer to the sport and, it would seem, a lot of riders who aren’t.
somebikeguy mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2020 at 12:12
Mar 19, 2020
Opinion: 4 Lessons From Riding Inexpensive Bikes
This is one field test trip I can’t wait to read about. New, Greg out of the box bikes with actual warranties that riders can buy for under $3k USD that don’t suck are, or should be, a hugely important thing for bike media and more importantly for bike manufacturers. Seeing it matter to Pinkbike is rad, hopefully the test results show that it filters up to bike manufacturers. Would be interesting to see an article on what upgrades/modifications to these bikes make them perform significantly better, either from a speed or comfort perspective. Is the Charger 2 damper upgrade for a Yari fork worth it? A coil conversion? Am I better off saving a ton of weight with a lighter crankset? Are tires the first thing to upgrade? Best bang for the $? A newer rider 2 years into riding one of these bikes might not be willing to drop more $ on a new bike but carefully chosen upgrades and modifications might have real value.
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