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Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Windrock Tennessee National 3/8/2019 8:05 AM

Loving those whips

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Windrock Tennessee National 3/8/2019 8:05 AM

Those whoops look ferocious.

Added a comment about feature Fabien Barel Presents New Mavic Wheels | BCA 2019 3/6/2019 2:19 PM
BHowell

Correct. We got to give these a couple runs mounted up to a Mega 27.5, hub engagement is awesome.

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Liked a comment on the item First UCI World Champions for E-Mountain Bike To Be Crowned in Mont-Saint-Anne 3/6/2019 2:12 PM

training.

Liked a comment on the item First UCI World Champions for E-Mountain Bike To Be Crowned in Mont-Saint-Anne 3/6/2019 2:12 PM

...double F the UCI. Clearly all about the $$$...

Liked a comment on the item First UCI World Champions for E-Mountain Bike To Be Crowned in Mont-Saint-Anne 3/6/2019 2:11 PM

I think they invoke the rules from "Whose Line is it Anyway": The rules are all made up and the points don't matter.

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Added reply in a thread 2019 UCI World Cup Downhill Tech 3/6/2019 7:31 AM

Not sure about racing the WC, but I've ridden a modified YT Tues with 27.5 front, 26 rear and it was an absolute shralp machine! We called it the amphibian, "big" wheel to get over the rough stuff, small rear wheel for slashes and jumps. Loved it!

Added a comment about feature Riding Marin's Completely Redesigned Mount Vision Trail Bike 3/4/2019 12:20 PM
BHowell

Good question for sure but the short answer is no. With the suspension design, the idea is to not mess with damping, compression is always wide open. The X2 did feel a bit over dampened for the bike but our test window was pretty limited.

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Added a comment about feature Riding Marin's Completely Redesigned Mount Vision Trail Bike 3/4/2019 12:18 PM
BHowell

Haha, it was meant as a light-hearted comment. The bike was plenty impressive on the first shake but more testing would be nice before heralding it as the end-all rig.

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Liked a comment on the item Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/26/2019 10:46 AM

one of my big takeaways on this is the discrepancy on payouts re: road vs mtb, and that its time to start correcting this.

Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/26/2019 10:46 AM
BHowell

That is literally the link that was posted in the article, 4th paragraph. Always good to have a backup though!

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Added a product review for 2018 Pyga Hyrax X01 Eagle Bike 2/21/2019 7:28 PM
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Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 9:37 AM
BHowell

I wholeheartedly agree with you. And to your point, I state that the UCI should shell out for the riders. Also, broaden your scope, I am not just talking about gravity events. But, since you mentioned it, why would any company have a gravity team anyway?

I know first hand (and you may know as well) that DH bike sales are down. Why should a company spend so much to have a gravity team? Answer: because DH races sell trail bikes. It is marketing and it moves units. Again, I say this as someone from inside the industry with first hand experience.

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Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 9:28 AM
BHowell

The point here was to point out the low prize money and chide the governing bodies to put up some money for our heroes. Our sport (all elements) is on the rise and I foresee a tipping point where the riders/companies/promotors will have to sort out which one is the key player. Crowds fill hills and tune in online to watch the riders. No riders, no show. If the media outlets don't cover the race, nobody can watch and we all lose. If there are no events, how will we know who is best?

It is all connected and I know that much like myself, you are for the riders but can also see the other sides. Always appreciate hearing your two-cents.

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Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 9:21 AM
BHowell

I hear where you are headed but there are some key elements missing here:
Road and Track do not make up 95% of the UCI revenue, I wrote that in black and white and we provided a link to the financials. That is the old thought, MTB is growing, eclipsing other avenues in the sport. That 15 million Francs is AFTER all expenses, that is their final profit. I agree, that is not very much but definitely enough to share some more with the riders that draw the audiences.

Also, while this site may be gravity skewed, I am drawing a point for all of mountain biking, not just gravity.

As for the "growing" that was referenced, read the footnote. There are real, documented market figures to justify the claim. Mountain biking is growing in size and profits as well as media influence.

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Liked a comment on the item Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 9:15 AM

Start new series, grab every sponsor known to man, jack up ticket prices, ADVERTISE, and pay our heroes what they deserve. Obviously there are massive holes in what I said but it is what it is, something has to give. Great article

Liked a comment on the item Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 9:15 AM

Tracks are getting faster and more dangerous by the year and these guys and girls definitely deserve better salaries. That said, no one is living off prize money alone. It's a nice bonus but the real money is made in sponsorship and endorsement deals, which placing well in races provides access to.

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Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 9:14 AM
BHowell

Solid points all around, much like T-Rex pointed out. Payouts should go deeper. If you read the footnote, you'll see why we didn't take a look at rider's salaries: we have some gut feelings at who is/isn't making what kind of money but no hard data to back it. With regard to esports, the jump off for this article is the direct, first place payout being double that of a UCI race winner.

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