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wibblywobbly mikelevy's article
Feb 17, 2018 at 4:47
7 hours
Aaron Gwin Using Box's Shifter and Derailleur?
I wanted to like Box, I really did. Was all in on having a non-mainstream build. But they need to step it up. Shift feel is below GX and not much better than NX. Everything just feels loose and cheap. There is no reason to choose Box over SLX.
wibblywobbly mikelevy's article
Feb 15, 2018 at 12:36
2 days
Good Ideas Executed Poorly - Opinion
Specialized E150 Fork! Or maybe not
wibblywobbly dbaker's article
Feb 15, 2018 at 4:59
2 days
The Bakery: Revelling in the Joy of Our Anarchy
Mountain biking has this strange thing going on where some people (who arrived late to the party themselves) feel like it has to be made inclusive to everyone. Should we welcome new comers, absolutely? Should we whitewash history and change the present to attract the absolute lowest common denominator? Hell no. But the money behind the sport wants eBikes and dirt sidewalks so nobody thinks it's too hard and quits to take up taking Instagram pictures of artisinal food. Mountain biking is not for everyone yet many people want to push it on everyone and think we need to adjust what makes it great to attract everyone. Whitewashing history or dumbing down your favorite trail, it's all the same.
wibblywobbly vernonfelton's article
Feb 14, 2018 at 6:21
Feb 14, 2018
Shimano Patent Filing Raises Electric Questions
@nojzilla: that's the problem. They think it's unnecessary, but the market has said otherwise. T Saint and Zee haven't been updated since 2012. Think of what your DH bike looked like in 2012...
wibblywobbly vernonfelton's article
Feb 14, 2018 at 6:14
Feb 14, 2018
Shimano Patent Filing Raises Electric Questions
@orientdave: for a Japanese company, they are doing something very American in terms of prioritizing short term stock price over long term value. But in any case, if you are so much of a fan boy that you have to pull put their stock price as the reason their stuff is still good, you lost. Not saying it doesn't have it's positives, but compare an XTR cassette to a XX1 cassette and tell me Shimano isn't a company that is mailing it in. I don't know a lot about fishing, but from what I have heard anecdotally, their new stuff is "value engineered" and not up to the standard of their old stuff.
wibblywobbly vernonfelton's article
Feb 13, 2018 at 17:39
Feb 13, 2018
Shimano Patent Filing Raises Electric Questions
@number44: Not everything is Rosy in McDonalds land these days.... Bike industry is different, but in any case, giving away leadership positions in technology and quality to focus on low cost, low quality production and giving away any semblance to technical leadership will eventually hurt Shimano. They are getting rich but they will be another Suntour. I used to be just as much a Shimano fanboy as the rest of you. It was all I ran on my bikes and I convinced my self it was better. It's not and the glory days are over.
wibblywobbly vernonfelton's article
Feb 13, 2018 at 16:14
Feb 13, 2018
Shimano Patent Filing Raises Electric Questions
@orientdave: it may not happen today, but focusing on low priced junk with no profit margin at the expensive of the high end stuff with real profit is not a recipe for long term success. People always bring this up. I could care less about the low end junk.The people that buy that junk don't care that it is Shimano and they won't care when it's generic Chinese stuff that is cheaper than Shimano. Right now is Shimano is 1980's GM letting Cadillac wither away while making each successive generation of mid-size car crappier and crappier. Awesome Corvettes and Trucks didn't save them from going bankrupt.
wibblywobbly vernonfelton's article
Feb 13, 2018 at 15:20
Feb 13, 2018
Shimano Patent Filing Raises Electric Questions
This has to have something to do with ebikes and integrating with all the other electronics. Like XT and XTR DI2 its an answer to a question nobody was answering. They will spin it as something that makes biking easier and more fun. Nobody will care and nobody will buy it. The pool of people who don't care about bikes, but will spend 8 grand for all the electronic stuff is not very deep. Shimano has given up on downhill. They refuse to release carbon cranks (which right or wrong is an expectation by the majority of people buying high end bikes and high end parts) Because they refuse to release 12 speed and the consumer has spoken loud and clear that expect it, Shimano has roughly a single digit share in the OEM market of >4k bikes. Not a scientific number, but look at how high end bikes are speced.... And when when they do come out with 12 speed.... if you think the s#*t storm over DUB bottom brackets was bad, wait until Shimano's new free hub standard comes out. Shimano is a dying company.
wibblywobbly paulaston's article
Feb 13, 2018 at 10:55
Feb 13, 2018
Staff Rides – Aston's European-Made Nicolai GeoMetron Super Bike
How much of this would you have bought if you didn't have hook ups and got it all for free? This who article is virtue signaling with a snarky reminder thrown in that Paul Aston knows more about geometry than anyone else in the world. If Aston lived in America he would have this on the back of his Tesla and just sit in the parking lot all day talking about the herculean undertaking of building the greatest bike of all time while drinking raw water and judging the poor and stupid all around him.
wibblywobbly mikekazimer's article
Feb 13, 2018 at 6:58
Feb 13, 2018
Spotted: BlackBox RockShox Lyrik - Andes Pacifico 2018
Glad to that at least their racers can get forks with adult settings from SRAM. For the rest of us, we need to be content with new names for things that don't mean anything - DebonAIR, Rapid Recation, AcidReflux and dummy dials because even though we can spend 1200$ on a fork we can't be trusted to set it up.
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