Added reply in a thread Specialized Goes Sort-Of Direct - Click and Collect 3/18/2019 7:15 AM

It's not just S-Works that are frame-up builds now. Regardless, 2 hours doesn't come close to build, customer set-up/sale, and re-box. Let's say it does, we still lost money on the deal. I'm not sure what kind of frame-up build you are doing on a mountain ... more »

Added reply in a thread Specialized Goes Sort-Of Direct - Click and Collect 3/17/2019 12:43 PM

If a full suspension bike with internal routing and hydraulic lines is built well, it's not slow at all for a frame-up (i.e. brakes trimmed and bled, dropper trimmed and bled (if reverb), caliper pistons lubed and exercised). Sure, we can slap a bike ... more »

Added reply in a thread Specialized Goes Sort-Of Direct - Click and Collect 3/17/2019 10:38 AM

There's a lot of mis-information in the comments here. 1) Specialized DOES NOT pay shops to build any bike. 2) Yes, higher end Specialized bikes are coming as what they call "Shop Built" meaning it's a frame and a kit and about a 3 hour build for a mountain ... more »

Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/5/2015 9:44 PM

Yeah, you don't know what you're talking about. Top-level dealers for the big 3 (Trek, Giant, Specialized) make 35% at BEST on bikes. Trek is taking 20% of this which leaves the bike shop 30% margin before taking into account all overhead. 35% profit is generally accepted to be the tipping point between profitable and not. A 30% STARTING point spells doom for the shops where you can go to check out new bikes and parts, where you go to test ride, where you have your bike serviced, and where you speak to your local expert. Just sayin'--online shopping doesn't offer any of that.

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Added a comment to FanatikBikeCo's bike check 4/17/2013 7:05 AM

what's the spec on that?? syndicate team bikes aren't that light.

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Added a comment to FanatikBikeCo's bike check 4/16/2013 9:07 AM

Sure, it's ridiculously light, but how practical is it for it's intended use? XC weenie wheels on a 6" trail bike? No dropper post?

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Added a comment about product review 2013 Test Sessions: Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon 3/31/2013 6:10 PM

How slack would you want this 5.7" travel bike?? 67deg is right in there with the HD, Nomad, Bronson, Remedy, Dixon, is slacker than the Reign, and just a bit steeper than the Enduro--ALL of which (except the Dixon) are longer travel bikes.

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Added a comment about video Matthew Slaven #Slaying 3/25/2013 2:00 PM

it is the same trail as the Jamie Goldman Santa Cruz ad. Spot is Syncline in Washington. Trail is called 'Crybaby'

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