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Added a comment about video 999 Steps down Skygate Mountain 8/18/2015 12:46 AM
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Got to 2 minutes then switched off after the guy crashed on the step down. The risk to reward ratio for this event was ridiculous, and it didn't even look impressive to watch. It was fortunate that someone didn't leave with permanent injuries, or worse. McGarry was lucky. Red Bull have brought so many positive things to our sport but this wasn't one of them. The less said about this event the better.

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Added reply in a thread Which WC team would you be on? 8/14/2015 3:32 AM

I'd love to be on the Pivot team with Bernaaaard and Elliot.

Added reply in a thread Which WC team would you be on? 8/14/2015 3:30 AM

Didn't that happen to Rennie? :-)

Added a comment about slideshow First Look: 2016 Five Ten Mountain Bike Shoes 8/12/2015 2:09 AM
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Do they make any shoes for grown ups?

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Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/4/2015 9:28 PM
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I'm looking forward to reading the forum posts about how Bike Company X's call center in Bangaloor India were useless, and you tried explaining the problem with your electronic damper, but he just kept quoting the instruction manual to you.

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Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/4/2015 3:40 PM
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Do people go online and purchase new cars? No, you go to a car dealer.

And where have you been for the last 15 years? ;-)

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Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/4/2015 11:55 AM
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I think the margins are low for such a niche, high end product. Standard margins (ignoring any tier based pricing structure) are around 25%, and you will find that most online retailers will advertise bikes at 10% discount right away, even on the latest models. So most customers go into a local shop asking them to price match, meaning true margins are usually around 15%. It's not a fair comparison with the car industry because of the way that industry is propped up by finance. Car dealers sell finance agreements and optional extras and they don't like cash buyers. I stand by my comment that for the number of high value bikes that a typical bike shop sells, the margins are low.

There should be no need for a small shop to have to stock every size of every model of bike. A select few sizes and models should be all that's required to demonstrate size and spec differences to a customer. If the distributors keep good stock levels then bike shops should be able to order the stock they need when they need it, instead of the distributor holding onto stock for their own web store.

When distributors or manufacturers turn to direct sales, it's always the middle man who loses out. The work load will be the same, but with a lower margin.

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Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/4/2015 4:08 AM
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So local bike shops have their already low margins squeezed and there is no price reduction or benefit to the consumer. Good for Trek.

People are willing to buy bikes direct online because they are great value for money. If you are going to pay dealer prices anyway, part of the cost/experience is being able to demo the bikes and speak to real people about your purchase, and develop a relationship with your local shop (that will probably save you money on servicing and parts in the long term).

Imagine if you are running a bike shop. Who is going to get your attention? The guy who buys his bike after coming to you for advice, ordering, and giving you a decent margin on the sale. Or the anonymous customer who buys the exact same bike online, collects it from your store, but you make very little money out of the sale, and you never see that customer again because he buys all his gear online anyway.

And what is to stop customers going into bike shops, getting the advice, trying the bikes, then going online on a Friday evening and ordering the bike they want for collection from the same store. Dealer does the work, Trek gets the margin.

The whole thing just doesn't seem fair to me.

I do like the idea of proper dealer training. Why not do that anyway and allow the dealers to improve their expertise and service to incentivise people to actually visit a bike shop.

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Added a comment about video Watch Robbie Maddison Ride His MX ON THE WAVES OF TAHITI 8/3/2015 1:09 AM
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Whilst I totally agree with the sentiment of your comment, an adapted mx bike is NOT the same as a motorboat. For one, it doesn't float, meaning he has to be wide open on the throttle to create buoyancy. Also it's probably inherently unstable, requiring a certain level of skill when the water is choppy or when riding down the face of a wave. Pointless but impressive.

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Added reply in a thread Missy Giove at the Windham World Cup? 7/31/2015 12:47 AM

I started biking in the early 90's and watching Missy ride was awesome. I even named my cat after her. Sure I would love to see her ride the course for her herself, for her wife, to raise awereness of cancer, for publicity etc, but to think she would ... more »

Added a comment about video Off-Axis 1080 on a Townie Bike. World First? 6/22/2015 3:48 PM
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Added a comment about video Unbelievable: Leogang World Cup 2015 Highlights 6/15/2015 11:20 PM
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Whilst the chain loss probably cost him 5 or more seconds, he has won by bigger margins than that in the past. What he did shows unbelievable strength of mind, commitment and skill. The other riders should be worried for the rest of the season.

I think his time can be explained somewhat. He was slower in the top section as he only managed a couple of pedal strokes out of the gate before the chain let go. I'd say he lost most of that time on the start straight, and maybe having the chain flapping around for a while was playing on his mind. The wind neutralised some of his disadvantage on the open section, where being aerodynamic was more important that day. With no chain, the suspension was also working at it's best and most efficient as he pumped the jumps and stayed tucked between them. Don't forget he had the fastest speed trap!!! The bottom section is steep/tech and Gwin was absolutely at his best and charging at this point, winning the race here. A legendary run that will go down in history. When he crossed the finish line we all leaped in air and cheered for him, it was epic.

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Added reply in a thread Another Procore Failure - Discuss 6/9/2015 2:02 AM

I guess my last comment was a little flippant, but I wasn't blown away by Schwalbe's response to be honest. What they are saying is; I'll be the guy on the trail who still gets punctures, but now everyone can clearly see I've spent $$$ on this latest ... more »

Added reply in a thread Another Procore Failure - Discuss 6/8/2015 2:53 PM

I guess they should have made it black.

Added reply in a thread Another Procore Failure - Discuss 6/8/2015 1:52 PM

Thanks for the replies. I use Schwalbe tires on all my bikes so I hope my original post didn't sound like I am bashing Schwalbe in any way. It's a natural progression for me to 'upgrade' to the Procore system but after seeing two high profile failures ... more »

Started new thread Another Procore Failure - Discuss 6/8/2015 9:02 AM

Yesterday we saw Harry Heaths Procore equipped wheel explode dramatically during his finals run at Fort Bill. After looking at the footage it's difficult to say exactly when the wheel folded. It was either when the pressure was released, or afterwards ... more »

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Added a comment about news blog Fort William World Cup Downhill Final Results 6/7/2015 1:44 PM
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Whoa, check out Faircloughs time. 5:00.000

Super pleased for Minnaar. Nobody deserved it more and it's awesome that he equalled Peaty's record. Shame he felt the need to mention the trade team status (or lack of). It's obviously a big deal to them, but making billboards and putting stickers on your jersey complaining about it seems a little immature. Everybody knows the decision sucks, but it's done so get on with it.

@fabrice From the best of my knowledge split one is taken just after the boardwalk before most of the really technical turns/sections down to the deer gate. Only 1 minute in and just over 1s separated the top 20 at that point. In those conditions, the sprint out of the gate across the exposed hillside into strong gusting wind should favor the powerful guys.

Fair play to Manon for getting up after her crash - that was a big one! And she lost a shoe.

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