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Added reply in a thread Bentonville, Arkansas, Trademarks *Mountain Biking Capital of the World* 7/2/2020 2:00 AM

“It’s true that Bentonville has become the new Mountain Biking Capital of the World (TM),” says Mayor Stephanie Orman. “Over the past decade, our community has built a reputation among mountain biking enthusiasts and athletes as the premier global destination ... more »

Added a comment about press release Pivot Launches the Phoenix Dock Tool System 5/18/2020 11:01 PM
Raine

Super marketing press release CEO quote makes it sound like they invented something... when it's just a tried and true Topeak Ninja System (which I actually use and it's great) minus the bottle cage part.

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Liked a comment on the item Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback 4/15/2020 7:20 PM

Also interesting!

Added a comment about press release Neutron Components Releases Handlebar Stored Tool System 4/14/2020 1:37 PM
Raine

I feel like I've seen this already, with more features:
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/collections/encase-system

On the other hand, this is also about half the price (Wolftooth's is $120 USD), so it's relative.

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Added a comment about press release Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback 4/6/2020 11:01 AM
Raine

Totally did not understand what I explained, but okay.

You can name drop racer names all you want, but racing is a small fraction of the mountain bike community. Their job is to endorse products that they generally get for free. That doesn't mean it will become a "standard on any good mountain bike" OEM spec feature, and that doesn't mean the majority of mountain biking will actually buy it.

I hope that it doesn't take years for you to understand that.
Good luck though, and stay safe.

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Added a comment about press release Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback 4/5/2020 1:11 PM
Raine

Well in the end, to be fair it's an interesting idea - and good to see that people are trying to invent new things. But sorry, it's not a "Game Changer," it's more like another specialized piece of tech.

People toss the term around way too loosely these days, but a true "game changer" is something that is so revolutionary that it becomes a true standard that everyone wants - like a dropper post, or hydraulic brakes, or tubeless tires. These are things that actually "changed the game" to benefit everyone - from novice to pro. But to be honest, when a majority of MTB riders can't even understand how to set their rebound correctly, they probably don't or won't have "reduce pedal kickback" high on their list of MTB things to do.

Also what makes it specialized is the $300+ USD asking price - for what amounts to a mechanically modified chainring spider. It serves a function that a majority of MTB people don't even notice, and (more importantly) are not willing to spend that much money on, compared to other items that they can feel more immediate results (like a dropper post, or a new set of tires, or good pedals). This Ochain is tech that most people don't need, but some people might like to try - just like a ShockWiz or a Di2 programmer or those Revgrip things.

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Added a comment about press release Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback 4/1/2020 3:37 AM
Raine

I dunno... I'm immediately skeptical of any new thing where the manufacturer uses the term "game changer" in their product promos to describe their product.

Has this been tested on different types of suspension designs? VPP? High Pivot? DW-Link?

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Liked a comment on the item Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback 4/1/2020 3:21 AM

It is not dificult to explain!! This is your own infomercial!!! We are in hehre to see how it works and if it would fit us or not!!

Added reply in a thread Former Trek Executive's Open Letter to Bike Industry About E-Bikes 2/20/2020 11:02 AM

I read this BR article this morning, and like you said - Jorna's opinions are his own. But I have to disagree with his point of view, simply because his "speed" argument has flaws. The 20mph top speed isn't the problem here - it's proper education of ... more »

Added reply in a thread Unsold Gear Club Boxes? 2/18/2020 11:32 AM

Hahah you'll have to tell me what's in it first

Added reply in a thread Unsold Gear Club Boxes? 2/18/2020 10:59 AM

Thanks but I used to be subscribed from day one, didn't like the contents of the last couple boxes I received so i cancelled. I'm over the whole "mystery contents" thing, but I was just curious about the extra boxes because if any future extra boxes ... more »

Started new thread Unsold Gear Club Boxes? 2/18/2020 1:16 AM

Are there still some past gear boxes available for sale? I feel like at one point in time there was a page on the site selling extra gear club boxes, but I can't seem to find it anymore.

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Added reply in a thread Former Trek Executive's Open Letter to Bike Industry About E-Bikes 2/8/2020 2:10 PM

I watched the video a few times. There's a lot said and a lot to address, but I'm going to just respond to the points pointed out by Vital. 1)Do eMTB’s do more damage to trails than regular analog pedal bikes? Joe cites that there has been very little, ... more »

Added a comment about feature UNBOXING #13 - Vital Gear Club 12/23/2019 11:54 AM
Raine

I liked the first few boxes. Stayed on for a year, cancelled my subscription after getting tired of paying for a box full of mostly snacks and Vital branded gear all the time.

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Added reply in a thread Why are so many "MTBers" A*holes when new things happen? 11/14/2019 1:16 PM

LOL the Internet

Added reply in a thread Why are so many "MTBers" A*holes when new things happen? 11/14/2019 1:02 PM

Yes - absolutely specific to the "MTB a*hole attitude". I'm sorry if you read that as me saying "ALL MTB people", because I didn't - and that's not what I meant or implied. "...did you notice how many people online turn into A*holes?" Again - I didn't

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Added reply in a thread Why are so many "MTBers" A*holes when new things happen? 11/14/2019 10:47 AM

LOL I don't think you understood what I was saying in the first post. No one said voicing an opinion was wrong... what I was referring to is a specific "type" of person who goes to the extent of being an A*hole when they are voicing their opinion - obviously ... more »

Added reply in a thread Why are so many "MTBers" A*holes when new things happen? 11/11/2019 10:48 AM

I guess that all depends on who you're friends are LOL If I'm riding eMTB by myself, I go at my own pace. If I'm riding with friends "some eMTB some not" we always make it a point to stay together as a group. If that means I ride slower, then so be it. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Why are so many "MTBers" A*holes when new things happen? 11/11/2019 10:44 AM

LOL 105% That made me laugh! "...25% of (male) mountain bikers are assholes online because it gives them a place to vent with little or no repercussions" I get what you're saying, if it is really 25% that's a high number and it's really sad, if you think ... more »

Added reply in a thread Why are so many "MTBers" A*holes when new things happen? 11/10/2019 10:43 AM

Personally I don't feel like to be a "real mountain biker" I have to "test my mind and body to get to the top of the mountain" - if that's the case, then no one using the uplift at mountain bike parks are "real mountain bikers". For me, the part of mountain ... more »