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The best part is ebikes are under "non mountain" bikes owned.

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Liked a comment about press release Coil or Air - Cane Creek's All-New, Incredibly Adjustable Kitsuma Shock 9/2/2020 6:15 PM
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I think most people judge bikes before they even sort out their spring rates. "This bike pedals like crap." 40% sag. "This bike is really soft and dead feeling." No volume spacers. "This bike is really bad on steep trails." Fork too soft. "It's so harsh on rough trails." Also fork too soft.

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I test e-bikes exclusively to land a spot on the kill list. cool

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Liked a comment about feature The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 7/28/2020 2:08 AM
C-Rad

Wow, I really just had to stop listening. I’ve never heard so much raw opinion, covered up with “just my personal opinion here”! Seriously, does nobody get that the “sport” of mountain biking is also just something people do for fun? It’s not dumbing things down, it’s building people up, letting people grow into the potential sport side of it.
I’ve run a bike park in Germany for five years now, and I’ve watched kids grow from only riding our easy flow trail, to the bigger green trail, to our enduro trail, to racing iXS Cups and doing pretty well.
And if it’s not about making money(to the last dude) then it will not be sustainable. If someone isn’t making money, they won’t invest time in it. They can’t, we all have to eat dude.
Build flow trail! Just for goodness sake, don’t only build flow trails. I’ve built four new trails in this park in five years. 2 machine built flowy ones and 2 hand build, natural trails. We went from 1800 visitors a year to 15000 a year in a tiny bike park, on a tiny hill, and most of them are achieving the most important goal of mountain biking: having fun.
Peace people, and please keep up the great work.

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Liked a comment about press release Yeti Cycles Abandons Use of Tribe in Marketing 7/14/2020 9:34 PM
Cougar797

Maybe he thought the term was fun? Maybe part of the tribe? Point made someone voices an opposite opinion and someone outright says they are wrong and privileged. Social PC wave in action.

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Liked a comment about press release Yeti Cycles Abandons Use of Tribe in Marketing 7/14/2020 9:32 PM
jeff.brines

For those that don't want to go google the definition;

"a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common
culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader."

Seems a pretty appropriate use of the word "tribe" to me.

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Liked a comment about press release Yeti Cycles Abandons Use of Tribe in Marketing 7/14/2020 9:31 PM
jeff.brines

Hello Yahmon,

I'm not "clearly" speaking to you. I'm replying to the myriad of comments such as yours. You can find them on facebook, Twitter, Instagram (actually, scratch that, Yeti disabled comments on the post) and PinkBike.

First I'll push back on the idea the word tribe is offending a group of people. I see no strong evidence this is the case. I can say this for a bunch of reasons, one of which I could go use it in conversation (again, applying the oxford webster definition) everyday for a year and this side of Barnard or Brooklyn nobody is going to cringe or call me out.

If what you are suggesting is the proverbial "cancel culture" bar for a word, in that if a very small minority of people within a group find it offensive, then that puts every other word that has roots in anything outside some bubble I can't even define on the chopping block. Do you not see how the goalpost will perpetually move with this? How there is no end? How control over speech will go on in perpetuity and likely 1/3 of the dictionary is no longer safe? I know a group within the trans community would like gender based pronouns to cease to be used. Should we all do that, too? It fits your criteria... (I can go on, and on, and on...)

Furthermore, not sure your point about how you use language differently in different situations. We all do this. I'm not going to say "fuck" during a baptism unless I have Tourettes. I'm also not going to talk to my parents the same way I talk to my buds. This is nothing new and hardly the point here.

As far as the BLM thing, you are totally missing my point, but thanks for all you've apparently done. My big point here is the BLM movement, like this name change, will accomplish nothing. I don't say that to be a dick, or to be negative, I say that as someone who actually loves to build, to make things better, and to change things for the positive.

Why can I say this? Why can I be so sure? Why did I say its "Occupy 2.0".

First, you suggest there is some clear goal in the BLM movement. There isn't. Go ask 10 people. You will get 10 different answers. The movement hasn't even clearly defined a problem (which I'd love to better define...because there are problems).This ties closely into the whole post modernist control over language we are experiencing that lead to this type of social pressure evoking corporate "change". This also ties closely to the Occupy movement in that there was no specific problem defined, an no change that ever came of it. Hence Occupy 2.0.

Second, as I just alluded to, there is no precise aim with this movement (just like the post modernist movement that is destroying language). I just went to the BLM page, nothing you've cited is part of their website. It seems you have found your own problems that you'd like to fix which is rad. Kudos. However, I'd wager we have much bigger problems in the form of inequality of wealth that are well beyond the boundaries of bike riding. In fact, its almost a slap in the face to suggest its a "they are scared to approach the sport" problem. Its a wealth problem. And that problem needs some smart solutions, solutions that BLM is nowhere close to. But I digress.

If Yeti made this change and just did so like most companies, quietly on their website or the next time their tribe gathering came around, I'd maybe roll my eyes and talk among my buddies about how weak of a move it was and move on. I'd also acknowledge how they were probably playing risk management, and how its just business bla bla bla. But they didn't. They virtue signaled the SHIT out of this one. All their athletes posted it. They put out a press release. They made this into a "look how good we are" moment. That's a lot of why I decided to come out of the shadows and write what I wrote. Its the aim yeti had amid all this.

But guess what? It changes NOTHING. Native American people are in the EXACT same situation they were before the name change. Conscious or not, it makes Yeti and their culture look squeaky clean, without doing anything at all. Its a marketing game. Its politics. And its lame I have to type this fucking much about this on a mountain bike website because this is the place I want this stuff to stay out of. I deal with it too much elsewhere.

Shall I continue? I can...

ps, I don't mention the minds I mentioned as a "GOTCHA", I mention them because they are smart people with brains that work in very cool ways. I don't fully agree with any of them. In fact they all have very different ideologies. This is important! But I can be in awe of their logic, and I can learn something. You'd be better off to stop always looking to have your point reinforced and instead go "ah, I see how he/she thinks, that is interesting, now where have I been wrong and how can I build my ideas better"?

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