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Added a comment about video 2013 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/30/2013 10:24 AM

Well, that's the sample size I need: one. The conundrum these "let's support the small guys" companies are in is that once their hand-made batch of 10 forks become popular, due to their quality and performance, they have to scale up and start sending stuff to Bangladesh and Nigeria to get manufactured.

Fox is a good example: Ever since they moved their manufacturing to Taiwan, their products and CS has gone to the dumps. They're barely riding their good name right now. Product managers prefer Rockshox, yet customers still expect Fox on the high end bikes.

Let's see what happens when DVO gets spec on the big bikes and have to produce more than 10 forks per year.

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Added a comment about video 17 Questions: Roval Traverse Wheel 7/18/2013 8:42 AM

It's okay...I too come up with reasons why a Lamborghini sucks to justify the purchase of my Toyota Camry.

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Added a comment about slideshow First Look: 2014 Specialized Stumpjumper - Big Wheels, More Fun 7/15/2013 8:59 AM
First Look: 2014 Specialized Stumpjumper - Big Wheels, More Fun

Thank god. They don't need to get into the me-too game. They're big enough that they can wait, research, develop, then surpass the competition. Their first 29ers sucked because they were hesitant about the market. Now their 29ers are the best. (Only one to win a WC.)

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Added a comment about slideshow First Look: 2014 Specialized Camber - Short Travel Shredder 7/15/2013 8:56 AM
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29 is 3 better than 26.

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Added a comment about photo Limited Edition 2013 Specialized / Troy Lee Designs S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Frame 8/19/2012 3:43 PM
Limited Edition 2013 Specialized / Troy Lee Designs S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Frame

Yikes. Amazing what a signature does to something's perceived worth. If your unemployed neighbor's 12-year-old son came over with this thing, you'd throw him out and report him to the cops. Amazingly, they scribble the words "Troy Lee Designs" in there somewhere and it's suddenly "awesome?" If Jackson Pollock paintings were signed "Joe Blow," people would still be pissing on them.

Gimme a break. Thing's hideous.

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Added a comment about video Premium Rush Trailer Featuring Danny MacAskill 12/12/2011 9:44 AM

Levitt is definitely miscast. A hipster he does not look like. I was envisioning the lead singer of the Spin Doctors.

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Added a comment about video 10 Things I have learned about Mountainbiking 7/28/2011 2:07 PM

Great to see "regular" guys riding trails in a professional-looking video. You could tell by the speed and technical abilities that these are "normal" dudes, not sponsored singletrack slayers skidding, flipping, and flying all over the place.

The "regular" guys are usually relegated to Motorola RAZR-level videos with iMovie titles and a Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away" soundtrack.

Also, where's #10?

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Added reply in a thread mountain bike injuries down 56-percent 2/9/2011 10:24 AM

In unrelated news, the number of trails closed to mountain bikes has increased 56% in the last 14 years.