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Liked a comment on the item Intense Launches New U.S. Bike Assembly Facility 5/19/2022 12:13 PM

Does anyone ever talk about what will happen to the bike industry when China takes Taiwan? I think most bikes and/or components are made there.

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Ibis has used the assemble in USA method for a while now. Allows greater quality control on frame assembly, mainly better bolt prep and torque. Many bikes from a reputable Taiwan factory over the last few years have struggled with too much, or too little loctite and grease. To the point where we had to disassemble and reassemble frames to make sure pivots wouldn’t come loose under the owner.
I’ve built many, many Ibis bikes and only come across a couple of loose bolts in that time. Still prepped, but got missed on the torque check. It allows for better part specs options and upgrade options to consumers based on preference and parts availability, and it also cuts down on shipping/packing waste and emissions. Ibis has done one of the better jobs as of late on eliminating plastics in their packaging, something that would be difficult to get an Asian factory to stop using as quickly (shimano is actually moving away from the millions of mini plastic packages they love). And shipping a bunch of frame parts from Asia is much easier than complete bikes, especially with todays problems. Whether is staff problems with lockdowns or shipping material shortages.
It’s also been a step for Ibis to move forward with American manufacturing, such as the Exie frame. Overall it is a positive move forward for any American company.
And for American manufacturing, the increased cost argument is becoming less of a factor. Shipping costs are way up, and delays are basically endless and unpredictable.
People are willing to pay more if it means having a product in a reasonable time. And anyone who wants to put their money where their mouth is on environmental and ethical concerns, will quickly see the benefits of buying locally produced products vs Asian, especially Chinese.

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Liked a comment on the item KYLE WARNER - The Inside Line Podcast 4/11/2022 9:50 PM

Big long reply below haha -

J: First, Kyle, keep telling your story as long as you think it'll help others. No one can change what you experienced and how you experienced it.But, a couple things you mentioned could easily be used against you. Avoiding them might help nullify some far left criticisms...more

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Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/29/2022 11:03 AM

I feel like we’ve gone in circles agreeing on things, yet trying to discern what’s been typed? I agree with pretty much everything you said, and feel it mirrors much of what I typed in terms of spring rates to bottom out force. Joy of internet communication… ... more »

Liked a comment on the item KYLE WARNER - The Inside Line Podcast 3/29/2022 9:56 AM

I'm not a biker so would've never found this - saw the info on Kyle's Insta. I was moved to tears hearing both your heartbreaking stories. Spomer, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Your father sounded like a remarkable man. Kyle - I can't thank you enough for shining the light on vaccine injuries and...more

Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/29/2022 7:36 AM

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CbqMC-nlwg5/?utm_medium=copy_link More of the new TR11 out and about under Johny.

Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/28/2022 10:50 PM

Not sure exactly if, or what, you are disputing that I said. About half of your comment agrees with what I typed, and the other half ignores it. So, as I stated, Finn’s bike is more progressive, while using a lower leverage rate. As I said, “below 2”. ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Lourdes Bike Abuse 3/27/2022 12:03 PM

I have made a login only to say....
The best downhill race clip in years....
Mix of music and raw
Amazing..
Please, keep doing this.

Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/27/2022 10:49 AM

@sspomer @bigbird https://www.pinkbike.com/news/bike-check-finn-iles-custom-specialized-demo-leogang-world-cup-2021.html I played around on linkage a bit to see the differences in the link. In last years bike check, linked, they comment on it being more ... more »

Liked a comment on the item KYLE WARNER - The Inside Line Podcast 3/26/2022 9:04 AM

What a moving conversation. Kyle and Spomer, you both demonstrate such a deep humanity and approach this topic with a level of thoughtfulness and compassion that is truly admirable.

Liked a comment on the item KYLE WARNER - The Inside Line Podcast 3/26/2022 9:04 AM

Big ups to Vital @sspomer @kylechs5.
It's hard to hear about the loss and pain. It's refreshing to hear a couple of good humans demonstrate what a grown-up and nuanced understanding looks like.

Empathy, compassion, understanding, and basic common decency.

Respect.

Liked a comment on the item KYLE WARNER - The Inside Line Podcast 3/23/2022 4:16 PM

This is probably one of the best perspectives on the entire pandemic I have ever listened to anywhere. It blows me away to hear it here on a mountain bike site rather than somewhere like 60 Minutes. Thank you so much for sharing Kyle. Hopefully Kelly and I will get a chance to say hi at Sea Otter.

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Roots_rider

@sspomer Thank you guys for sharing a calm and honest conversation. Everybody’s lived experiences during the last couple years is valid and deserves discussion, not censorship. 🙏🏻❤️

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Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin Talks the Prototype Intense DH Bike 3/23/2022 11:25 AM

Honestly I think the thing I want to see is for Gwin to be on the Ohlins tuning team. I know he's married to Fox, but would love to see them really get tech with him in the same way they have with Bruno & Finn.

It always almost sounds like Fox can't talk him away from...more

Liked a comment on the item KYLE WARNER - The Inside Line Podcast 3/23/2022 10:36 AM

Thanks so much for the opportunity to chat Spomer. I’m so sorry for all you have gone through as well and I appreciate you being willing to share. I hope that people are able to come away from this with the understanding that we are all in the midst of such a complex situation and at the end of the day...more

Added a comment about video Aaron Gwin Talks the Prototype Intense DH Bike 3/23/2022 10:32 AM

I read the description before listening. Sounded more like “I can’t discuss” as he may not know the specifics well enough to go into details, vs not being allowed to. The bike industry loves to act all secretive about a lot of stuff. When in reality it seems many are rounding out to same concept. Leverage rate starting a bit over 3.0 and having about 30-35% progressivity, while minimizing pedal feedback via pulley or o chain. I will say props to JS for the wheel rate/force matching though. My graph is most likely slightly off, with some tweaking they line up pretty much dead on. So tuning this new bike should be pretty simple for them. Bonus of the large and funky looking rocker.
The commencal is a bit of a trip. Can’t even draw it up in linkage. It’s a blend of 6 bar and linkage driven 4 bar. Basically dw where the lower link drives a rocker via the connecting rod.

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Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin Talks the Prototype Intense DH Bike 3/23/2022 10:16 AM

I don't think they're hiding them...Gwin just talked about what came to mind or what was specifically asked. Not giving an answer isn't avoiding the question if you've got other things you want to address that you feel are more important to get out there.

Added a comment about video Aaron Gwin Talks the Prototype Intense DH Bike 3/22/2022 11:12 AM

https://www.pinkbike.com/u/mountainyj/album/Bike-Kin/

https://www.pinkbike.com/video/547924/

If they don’t wanna talk about it, don’t see why we can’t. Don’t post side profiles if you don’t want it known.
This is based off the side shot shared on pinkbike. Not sure if it’s Aarons. 63 ha and 440 chainstay. These are all rough approximations, but close enough to get an idea of what’s going on.

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Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/19/2022 11:06 AM

The new TR11 being leaked a bit more officially. Skye from Transition posting in his story.