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Added a comment about photo Lars Sternberg's Prototype Transition Enduro Race Bike 7/25/2014 10:49 AM
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another company drops the linkage driven single pivot for a horst link design after Spec patent expired.

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Added a comment to Pippuz's bike check 6/26/2014 11:57 AM
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What kind of Rotors are those? They have a shimano style aluminum spider but they are blue and the rotor milling is different from shimano's. Until now the only rotors i would run are the above mentioned shimanos because they are the only ones stiff enough not to warp and cause rotor rub. These look like those rotors might also fit the bill.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Jared Graves' Yeti SB66c 6/23/2014 1:57 PM
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Hmmm. graves is using the left shifter as his dropper remote. Interesting. Does that mean that when he 'up shifts' it keep the seat post in the open position and he has to 'down shift' to lock it in place? What's the advantage to using the shifter instead of the dropper remote? Maybe he just doesn't like the terrible ergonomics of the Thomson remote.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Jared Graves' Yeti SB66c 6/23/2014 1:54 PM
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Where is his dropper remote lever?

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Jared Graves' Yeti SB66c 6/23/2014 1:53 PM
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xtr brake levers with Saint brake calipers. interesting

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Added a comment about feature Value DH Project: Building The Best Downhill Bike For Your $$$ 6/20/2014 2:22 PM
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Thanks pat, the was very helpful.

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Added a comment about feature Value DH Project: Building The Best Downhill Bike For Your $$$ 6/20/2014 12:26 PM
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so where do we vote for products? Surely, you aren't going to read through our comments and count products.

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Added a comment to Nico - X Free Ch'Ti's bike check 5/23/2014 9:57 AM
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Everything on this bike is the work horse in its component category. This bike is no nonsense, ultra reliable and probably a blast to ride. If i were building a bike up from scratch, this would be a great model to follow.

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Liked a comment on the item Brendan Fairclough to Race Scott Genius LT at World Cup #1? 2/12/2014 3:10 PM

I think he might he spend most his winter on it and at 180mm is really cabale

Liked a comment on the item Brendan Fairclough to Race Scott Genius LT at World Cup #1? 2/12/2014 3:10 PM

Pietermartizburg has never been a real WC level DH course in my opinion. It only makes sense to race a non DH bike on a non DH trail.

Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/11/2014 10:32 AM

Generally speaking, if you want to get paid well financially do one of three things: do a job no one else can do, do a job no one else wants to do, or make decisions about money. It's that simple. The more of those attributes you combine, the better you are paid. People...more

Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/11/2014 10:31 AM

As a former bike mechanic and I still wrench on my own bike and someone who went through graduate school for business, I can tell you why. There is not much of a specialization in being a bike mechanic, most anyone can do it with enough time spent training. The same with...more

Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/11/2014 10:31 AM

In my 8 years as a mechanic in Oregon, I've been earning a wage lower than most of my classmates from college. However, many of them have been cooped up behind desks and working in industries they have no personal ties too. I have been absorbing knowledge and making...more

Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/11/2014 10:30 AM

I'm a mechanic in CA, and last year I made $26,400 which was just enough to cover all of my cost of living expenses, etc. However it wasn't necessarily ample enough to put into a real savings or IRA account which would be nice, I mean, bike mechanics need to think of the...more

Added a comment about feature How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/10/2014 8:23 PM
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This economic reality is why I went to grad school and don't work as a mechanic anymore. Wages is the intersection of supply and demand, and there are a lot of pieces that go into that beyond the skill or difficulty of work performed. There definitely is more skill involved in being a mechanic than all the other jobs mentioned, but that is only a small part of the picture. Why sometimes higher skill might equal higher wages is because that difficulty creates a barrier to entry and restricts supply, not many people have the skills to be molecular engineers, but other things restrict supply also, like doing crappy work. The kind of work that janitors and fast food workers do. In the end it might be a more highly skilled job but a lot of people want to do it (like me) and that creates a huge supply. You could restrict supply by introducing some much needed certification which might also boost demand as people gain more confidence that the wrench down the street knows what he is doing, but since the skill barrier isn't that high those people will probably just learn to do it themselves. And of course the other side is demand, which is low. People that have high end bikes are probably enthusiasts and will learn to wrench for the fun of it. People with low end bikes typically fall into 2 categories in my experience. Either they aren't that invested in biking and will just ride them into the ground and buy another cheap disposable bike, a la Magna for example (why spend 100 bucks on a tune up when you get a new one for almost that), or if they are invested in their low end bike its because they are poorer, their bike is their only means of transport etc, and when i are that poor (like bike mechanic poor) you don't have the money to pay more for a bike tuneup. High supply and low demand equals low wages. If you want bike mechanics wages to go up, 1) create a barrier to entry by requiring certification and 2) stop selling cheap disposable bikes.

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Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/10/2014 8:02 PM

As an engineer I was frequently billed out to clients at $150+ per hour. What I actually took home was a fraction of that. All businesses have to take a healthy cut to keep the lights on and grow.

Call me crazy, but perfectly tuning a derailleur, building a wheel, or...more

Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/10/2014 8:01 PM

Mechanics are worth their weight in gold, yes. But for someone like me who couldn't afford anymore than $80 for someone else to do it, we just look at internet tutorials if we don't know how to do something. To be an amazing bike mechanic, yeah it takes training. But most...more

Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/10/2014 7:59 PM

I think most people with high-end bikes (and in theory more disposable income) tend to be enthusiasts and decent home mechanics, and as a result they don't need to take their rides to the shop as often. When I was a mechanic most of my time was spent fixing low-end bikes...more

Liked a comment on the item Cam McCaul vs Rage Against the Machine Bassist in a Dirt Jump Trick Off! 2/7/2014 10:06 PM

The instrumental was rad but was that really the guy or just cam doing those?

Liked a comment on the item 2014 Guerrilla Gravity GG/DH 2/4/2014 8:50 PM

Oh boy, SO PUMPED! Thanks for featuring my new bike VitalMTB. This bicycle is the realization of a vision, a ton of hard work put in at a second job, and in my home garage. My dreams finally come true!!!