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twozerosix mikekazimer's article
Mar 27, 2017 at 10:34
9 hours
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Review
@UtahBikeMike: maybe its a case of South Bay Area group-think that makes the bikes look similar.
twozerosix mikekazimer's article
Mar 27, 2017 at 9:20
10 hours
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Review
The color is neat - a combo of gloss and matte surfaces, and it looks like there's a subtle tint to the dark gray paint, with a touch of pearl or iridescence. Its a good evolution of 'murdered'.
twozerosix vernonfelton's article
Mar 25, 2017 at 19:09
2 days
twozerosix diamondbackbikes's photo
Mar 25, 2017 at 18:55
2 days
Dammit it's not Oahu

twozerosix RichardCunningham's article
Mar 23, 2017 at 12:25
Mar 23, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@tehllama: re: your comment on titanium, this is accurate - I had a custom titanium cx frame built for me, and my builder didn't mark up the tube set he bought with my $1000 deposit. They were beautiful butted tubes; awesome how what feels like an almost empty box is in reality full of some seriously high-grade tubing. It was from Feather Tech Titanium in CO. My builder certainly had no less than 15 hours of work to complete the frame, and his highly skilled labor should absolutely be valued at a high rate befitting fine craftsmanship. Its near impossible to scale up volume though; the only way to make more $ is through scarcity and demand.
twozerosix pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 21, 2017 at 10:27
Mar 21, 2017
RockShox Revive the Judy
@thinkbike: SL with the polished legs!
twozerosix mikelevy's article
Mar 20, 2017 at 9:19
Mar 20, 2017
Ellsworth Rogue Sixty - Review
Average height of North American male is 5' 9 1/2". Bikes to fit that rider could bias a little high or low but one would think that +/- 2" in either direction would be a good fit.
twozerosix RichardCunningham's article
Mar 20, 2017 at 6:47
Mar 20, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@tehllama: The direct sales brands have to be taking less margin, and maybe they can do that if 1) they have no domestic distribution channels to pay (other than the internet) and 2) they are in it for the 'long haul' vs maximizing profit margin immediately. You left 'materials' out of your per-frame cost but otherwise what you're saying makes sense. Could be some variability in the raw materials, especially since Big Red S has super-duper McLaren black-ops stuff. Maybe that extra margin goes to warranty claims? Kind of like our USA predicament with Social Security. Nah.
twozerosix RichardCunningham's article
Mar 18, 2017 at 11:21
Mar 18, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@schofell84: Blanket statement. The truth is, it depends on many factors, primarily who the overseas vendor is, and the quality processes of the domestic company. There are too many variables (some of which you listed) to apply even a range of costs. Manufacturing large heavy things that don't fit neatly into shipping containers, require careful handling, or incorporate tech is going to be cheaper and better domestically. There's no better place in the world to build a "good" bike than the Giant conglomerate in Taiwan. "Good" means many different things, but I'm talking about a high quality product using modern processes and technology that fits with current tastes at a very competitive price. Its taken them decades to get to this point.
twozerosix RichardCunningham's article
Mar 16, 2017 at 17:50
Mar 16, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@hamncheez: Right, and those jobs are better, because they involve skills beyond bending and welding aluminum tubes. Design, engineering, marketing, consumer research and trend forecasting... a lot of these can't easily be exported because then you lose relevance to the buyer.
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