Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/21/2020 8:40 AM

Damn. I was kinda hoping he put a hand on somebody else's bike just to troll team rumors.

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/15/2020 10:50 AM

The point being, that was true when people were buying their bikes, too. Because their image sold a lot more bikes than the quality of their bikes. I'll give Yeti the fact that their bikes don't entirely suck, but their pricing reflects their brand image, ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/14/2020 3:22 PM

And then buying the SB165 because it's new and they have to have it. Of all the old school brands that traded highly on brand loyalty to justify their pricing and cachet, Yeti is about the only one who's managing to still use it as a sucessful business ... more »

Added a comment about product review Compliance and Tool Storage: OneUp Carbon Handlebar and EDC Stem Tested 1/13/2020 10:51 AM

My problem is that, largely due to publications suggesting it when the EDC was first introduced, it's become "accepted fact" that it will void your warranty, when said publications could, with the barest bit of research into what a manufacturer can legally claim to invalidate a warranty claim, understand that it's a completely unreasonable statement. Which is literally their job, as journalists. Heck, the comment below mine aptly demonstrates that they didn't even ask OneUp about the matter. Even Pinkbike doesn't trot this horse out anymore, and it's time for it to die.

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Liked a comment on the item Compliance and Tool Storage: OneUp Carbon Handlebar and EDC Stem Tested 1/13/2020 10:05 AM

To clear this up a bit, we sent both Fox and Rockshox EDC Taps and Top caps for third party testing back in 2017. To our knowledge, neither were unable to cause a failure during their respective lab testing. RockShox makes no official statement that we are aware of but Fox's...more

Added a comment about product review Compliance and Tool Storage: OneUp Carbon Handlebar and EDC Stem Tested 1/13/2020 8:58 AM

FWIW: the tool to tighten down the headset cap is just a cassette tool. but I recognize that, if you don't want an EDC, there's not much appeal to running a headset cap with a big hole in the middle. and while there's almost certainly no problem with putting a star nut back in, you are correct that no manufacturer has specifically stated it's OK.

I'm fine with there being downsides, and people commenting on those downsides. What does seem unreasonable is this assumption that you're ruining your warranty, especially when it seems to be entirely unsupported, and counter to any reasonable interpretation of the law regarding warranties.

We aren't talking some new, crazy standard that's never been done. Many/most BMX steerers use an internally threaded cap, and we all ran threaded steerers for the first 20 years MTBs existed.

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Added a comment about product review Compliance and Tool Storage: OneUp Carbon Handlebar and EDC Stem Tested 1/13/2020 8:07 AM

Fine. If you're going to claim that threading the steerer would risk voiding the fork's warranty, you should at least do the due diligence to base it on actually having a statement from a company that they would actually do this.

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Added a comment about product review Compliance and Tool Storage: OneUp Carbon Handlebar and EDC Stem Tested 1/13/2020 7:31 AM

Is that blanket statement in their warranty? Yes. Have you actually been told by a manufacturer that they would refuse a claim based on this specific modification? Apparently no. The blanket language you quote could be leveraged to refuse almost any warranty claim, ever. Cutting the steerer to length is a modification.

But this isn't how it actually works in the real world. And while some of that is due to not wanting to deal with the bad word of mouth, and some of it is because the people that make the decision are humans, and don't want to be jerks, There's another very important reason those blanket warranty statements don't mean a manufacturer can reject any warranty claim they like: if they do so in a way that is clearly unreasonable, the language would be found unenforceable by a court of law. Yes, even in the US with our crap consumer protections, contracts, even warranty contracts, must be reasonable to be enforceable.

This isn't a 2-bit blog, this is a journalistic website. If you're going to claim that threading the steerer would void the fork's warranty, you should at least do the due diligence to base it on actually having a statement from a company that they would actually do this.

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Added a comment about product review Compliance and Tool Storage: OneUp Carbon Handlebar and EDC Stem Tested 1/13/2020 5:46 AM

"no longer have to risk voiding the warranty on your fork to run it." Is this based on specific feedback from a fork manufacturer, or conjecture? There is no reason this should void the warranty on the fork, especially parts that aren't affected by the threads. So much so that if a company tried to deny a warranty claim due to the threads, I'd happily take them to small claims court.

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Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/7/2020 7:55 AM

I'd guess no. Might be part of why FMD is moving on after 5 years.

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/7/2020 7:20 AM

Not gonna lie, I'm kinda stoked to see Transition sponsoring a full on freerider again. Now, who else are they sponsoring, what with #morewherethatcamefrom #staytuned or is that just talking about Nico puting out edits?

Added a comment about video The Art of Building a Bicycle - Antidote Carbonjack Mullet Bike 12/13/2019 3:54 PM

seriously, that was just one of the cringe moments. Using a folding tool when I'm in my shop by myself and can't be bothered to find a real allen is me being lazy, but I ain't gonna do it if i'm putting out an artsy-fartsy video on my build. heck, even my beat up 10yr old P handles aren't going to make it on camera.

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Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/4/2019 7:50 AM

And here I thought most of the e-MTB haters were on Pinkbike...

Aside from whatever laws are in place in certain locations, I don't get why so many people have the need to try to dictate what can be ridden on a mountain, what makes you "part of mainstream culture" or what-not. Does it really bother you so much...more

Liked a comment on the item Transition Patrol Goes Coil 9/26/2019 4:25 PM

How do you know the guaranteed fairy isn't some crazy glue sniffer... He sneaks into your house once and that's all it takes. Next thing you know, there is money missing off your dresser and your daughter is knocked up! I've seen it a hundred times.

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 12:01 PM

THIS ARTICLE SUCKS! J/K, but I do agree with "Peter" with the exception of the click bait stuff. This sport is different than most in the sense that most people who are fans, actually actively participate in the sport. I don't want to devote my day to watching an event inside. I'd rather actually go...more

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 12:00 PM

Yup. Vital posts spoilers in their headlines. Pinkbike doesn't. Which means I'll visit Vital in the days leading up to an event (because Vital Raw vids are the tits), but once the event has happened, I stick to Pinkbike until I've learned the results on my own terms.

Shrug. It's no skin off my back....more

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 12:00 PM

I’m in the don’t post the results in the headlines camp. I avoid Vital from race morning until I’ve gotten to watch the race, which could be days later, and visit PB instead. That way I can keep enjoying all the other bike related stuff but not have the race semi ruined for me.

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 12:00 PM

You can fiercely defend your position all you want. The reality is spoiling races is going to pull traffic away from your website. And posting an inflammatory defense of the strategy and telling us we're all babies for wanting to both enjoy the suspense of our favorite sporting event AND still get to...more

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 11:59 AM

It wouldn't be that difficult to make the headline read "race results here," Instead of "Bob Bitchin' wins the race," would it? I mean, that way, the various editors of the news outlets can continue to make the world a better place for Peter. And the rest of us would be clicking the link anyway.