Added a comment about feature Can MTB Spy Shots Hurt the Consumer in the Long Run? 11/1/2017 10:24 AM
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As a product manager in a different industry, I have a hard time thinking that a spy shot would directly hurt (or negatively affect) the consumer. Not saying it's impossible, but just not a very real threat. A far greater threat is the damage a leaked spy shot could cause to the brand. This is far more common and something all brands are keenly aware of. Unintended spy shots (or even intended spy shots done too early) can hurt sales of products currently available in store now, give competitors a glimpse into a brand's secret future, etc. Brand damage is far more real/common than consumer damage, in my opinion.

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS & OBSERVATIONS: Red Bull Rampage 2017 10/28/2017 1:58 AM

Sui. That's a kind of chef, right?

Liked a comment on the item OXIDE Valkyrie 10/18/2017 9:19 AM

Hey Matt, Not a pro unfortunately but I do know a few guys at HOPE that helped hook me up. Due to an accident, I'm currently wheelchair bound. This bike is my inspiration to get riding again. Cheers, Steve

Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 10/4/2017 2:32 AM

Hahaha 3 beers down and going straight for the Fireball. This is great.

Liked a comment on the item Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/2/2017 4:48 AM

It proves how much the rim can withstand i fail to see how thats not obvious. It proves the type of beating a rim can take. Does your brain function normally?

Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 9/22/2017 3:29 PM

Chatting in the pits means nothing... most of the racers are friends with each other and there is a lot of down time on a race weekend. Racers hang in each other's pits because they are friends and need to pass the time. Chatting in the pits (on its ... more »

Added a comment about feature KHS Sixfifty 6600+ Carbon Mountain Bike 9/22/2017 9:20 AM
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Yikes. It's not errily close, it's the same exact thing...

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Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin's Signature Aquila Tires Now Available with a Lighter Trail Casing 9/22/2017 9:16 AM

why is your 6 rotated 180 degrees?

Liked a comment on the item SPDs or Flats, Pick Your Poison with These New Shoes and Pedals from Shimano 9/22/2017 1:20 AM

I agree entirely. Several years ago Sram or Shimano was personal preference, I preferred Shimano. However, comparing current product lines and technologies being employed I think Sram is way ahead of where Shimano is at. Take for instance the way Sram redesigned...more

Added a comment about feature SPDs or Flats, Pick Your Poison with These New Shoes and Pedals from Shimano 9/22/2017 1:19 AM
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For sure strength is paramount to weight, but from a company like Shimano, I expect the vector product to be expensive but also ticking all of the boxes. The Saint line of products ought to be like XTR- the best products for racing. For DH, that should be light but more importantly the strongest with a price tag to match. The Zee line should be the "affordable but heavier" DH product line. In my opinion, it just seems like they didn't give enough time or care to do it right.

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Liked a comment on the item SPDs or Flats, Pick Your Poison with These New Shoes and Pedals from Shimano 9/21/2017 7:13 AM

They lost their tilting platform patent, and then resorted to simpler, cheaper way to manufacture pedals. And then they started marketing it as an improvement.

Added a comment about feature SPDs or Flats, Pick Your Poison with These New Shoes and Pedals from Shimano 9/21/2017 6:49 AM
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$180 flat pedal that weighs 500gr per pair and a $100 pedal that weighs 343gr per pair and is available in two sizes... what? Looks like someone at Shimano got their KPIs mixed up.

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Added reply in a thread Are We About To See The Longest Hotseat Streak Ever? 9/12/2017 2:56 AM

You're last sentence is pure conjecture, and we'll never know for sure. While Hill certainly has his main competitors, there are more possibilities within a normal World Cup final for someone to come through with a banger final run than at World Champs. ... more »

Liked a comment on the item A RACE LIKE NO OTHER - 2017 World Champs DH Slideshow 9/11/2017 1:58 AM

Video of Troy shaking his hands:
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Awesome coverage all year, Vital is always leading the way with the interviews and inside knowledge! I look forward to Croatia!

Added reply in a thread Are We About To See The Longest Hotseat Streak Ever? 9/10/2017 11:35 PM

In terms of the final 80 qualifiers for a World Cup and those who are invited to World Champs, there are better riders in final 80 for a World Cup than there are at World Champs. Fact. There are at least 20-30 riders who are at World Champs who would ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are We About To See The Longest Hotseat Streak Ever? 9/10/2017 5:37 AM

Honestly glad that he did better than I thought he would. This track combined with a field that is less stacked than a normal World Cup certainly played to his advantage here and he capitalized on it as best he could. Despite not taking home a medal, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are We About To See The Longest Hotseat Streak Ever? 9/7/2017 12:45 PM

I love Sam Hill, I really do. But I think we need to come to grips with reality a bit here. The guy has only raced a single DH event this year and barely cracked the top 20, 17 seconds off the winning pace. While a top 20 finish is indeed a noteworthy ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 9/5/2017 5:47 AM

Keep him in the UK? If he gets sponsored by a non-UK team, it doesn't mean that he has to move to wherever that sponsor is located. Brook and Wyn seem like they are making moves for sure...

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hahaha this is great

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Added a comment about feature New Rims, Chainrings and Wheels from Race Face 9/5/2017 3:25 AM
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It is a typo- you can see that the price on the carbon version has been crossed out with a pen

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