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thom mattwragg's article
Mar 18, 2021 at 19:34
Mar 18, 2021
Burning Question: What Constitutes Value From a Sponsored Athlete?
We were always told that for every 1 piece of product we were given, the company needed to sell 10 to make it worth it. That scaled to money as well, when you factor in what product costs them, the expectation was to sell a lot. It was always hard to justify what you were doing to sell that amount of product, but at the end of the day, a sponsored athlete is a sales person and nothing more. If you don't do something that increases sales, you're not worth it to the company.
thom pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 17, 2021 at 9:32
Mar 17, 2021
thom jamessmurthwaite's article
Dec 4, 2020 at 8:51
Dec 4, 2020
Specialized Launches $999 Carbon Hotwalk for Toddlers
Meh, if I wasn't already halfway through the stride phase with my youngest, I'd consider buying this. I like nice bikes and love that my kids like to ride. Once you're done, you could resell it for close to half. 500$ for multiple kids to use isn't hard to stomach. I know the age range here makes it easy to hate on Spec, but there is a market for the product. The reality is, there are a lot of highly paid people who enjoy this sport. If I can justify spending 1000$ on an ENVE rim, then I can justify spending the same on a bike for my kid. However, I'd guess the real reason they're introducing this bike is exactly for the response they're receiving here. They're trying to position themselves as the utmost high end manufacture and drive discussion/brand recognition. This bike will be featured in places beyond bike websites. This will generate press in mainstream magazines and websites, which will drive "dentists" to purchase one of Spec's other bikes. This product costs them very little to develop, but helps spread that high end perception. If they sold even a few of them, great, but I'd be willing to bet that this product's funding may have come from the marketing department (and the response here is exactly what they were looking for).
thom giantbicycles's article
Sep 3, 2020 at 11:56
Sep 3, 2020
Photo Story: Reece Wallace Flies His Plane Around BC to Ride
As a fan of aviation and bikes, this is really cool!
thom giantbicycles's article
Sep 3, 2020 at 11:56
Sep 3, 2020
Photo Story: Reece Wallace Flies His Plane Around BC to Ride
@parisgore: If you could find a DER to sign off on an STC...
thom mikelevy's article
Aug 21, 2020 at 16:13
Aug 21, 2020
The Freerider, Part 1 - Rampage Regrets
Hits close to home! More of this content!
thom Beyond-The-Tape's article
Jun 21, 2020 at 8:09
Jun 21, 2020
Podcast: Chatting with Australian Freerider Grant Allen
The video of him casing Gillard Rd still blows my mind.
thom jamessmurthwaite's article
May 26, 2020 at 11:01
May 26, 2020
Crankworx Whistler Cancelled for 2020
@whitehonky: nah, he's just some random joey who doesn't know anything about bikes. He's probably never heard of Whistler. /sarcasm.
thom danielsapp's article
May 1, 2020 at 9:41
May 1, 2020
Now THAT Was a Bike: Psycle Werks Wild Hare
I'm glad someone said it. That line was so far ahead of anything else at the time.
thom jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 18, 2020 at 14:22
Feb 18, 2020
UCI Launches 5-Round eMTB World Cup XC Series
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
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