Reading the response about the pros of sponsoring pros brought up a point I haven't seen in this debate before: the winningest pro bikes might not directly drive average-joe consumer-sales, but they do drive sales to the local DH racers, even those that get pro-deal. The thing is, those guys and gals are out at your local resort, hanging out in the latest pajamas, loud and proudly sporting the latest and greatest bikes. You see them in the lift line (or the pits at your local enduro race) and say to yourself, damn, that's one legit bike. If pro x can win on it, and my local fast guys and gals are on it… then it must be fast…. How many "what's in the line at Whistler" polls and exposés have we seen? lots. I think there is at least some sales that are driven by this top-down approach….
will it be available for download elsewhere than iTunes? for us retrogrouch non-iTuners?
Holy good good lord. Man, that's painful to look at, sorry to see it.
please keep us posted here on how AC resolves this, and what to do and say to make sure a swift and proper resolution is arrived at…
I have that bag, and it makes me scared, and angry. Given the price they charge us to "handle oversize" items, I really think they should take more responsibility with how they handle them…
Ok, so if what you're saying is true, nothing is preventing the OG editors and staff of Dirt from quitting, regrouping, and re-launching a new independent magazine. If they're thinking about it, and reading these comments, I'll subscribe.
point taken. Where I am, it is illegal to build trails, so it's easy to project. sorry. But I think my main point still stands, which is that I don't think throwing the book at them will acheive much, other than to antagonize the people who sympathize with their point of view. Changing those people's point of view is a long-term game, which will be won with patience, understanding and dialogue.
when one lives in a glass house, it's prudent not to throw stones. it wasn't so long ago that mountain bikers were the ones taking matters into their own hands, breaking the law and building rogue trails. Change takes time, and willingness to accept that there are people who are unwilling to change. "Making examples" out of "opponents" is not likely to encourage people who don't share your point of view to see it. I think balance and reason should prevail. What purpose would throwing the book at her serve other than to alienate the other Kraal's out there, raise their hackles, and perhaps steel their resolve?!
I'm happy to keep the heritage wheels. they work, they're light, and well, it's not the wheels holding me back. But how long will "the industry" keep supplying me with parts for said wheels? I mean rad parts like tires that don't suck, and plastic rims?
I suggest you try one before giving into the marketing. if you want to "go fast and have fun", you may be dissapointed. I tried them and didn't like them. I imagine it's possible to "go fast and have fun" on them, but not for me and where I would ride them. It's easier to go fast and have fun on skis here….
it is entirely irresponsible to post a picture of someone riding without a helmet. please remove the picture of Harry Libby. as bad ass as he may have been.
"was as welcome as the Koch Brothers on Fox News."
funniest thing I've read on this site. bravo!
what about that same 29r hardtail frame with 650b semi-fatty tires (like the ones WTB presented at IB this year)… would that be as much fun? Just pondering the notion of a mud season bike that could also pull double duty as a snow bike in the winter…
"Stop chasing dollar signs. Think back to the smell of a bike shop when you were 12. Recreate that for your customers and you will always feel wealthy." c'mon, really?! tell that to the the shop owners kid when he goes hungry… or his wife when she leaves him, or the bank when they foreclose… running a bussiness is not just about "feeling wealthy". that's just selfish. who's being vain now?
I have a pair of the ambush and they are great too. Good for pedalling, and have held up well to crashes. I noticed this video when watching the one you linked to, and it's equally, if not more impressive:
Just for the edification sea to sky dwellers, I have ridden in Chile and would compare it to mid-summer Pemberton. Obviously, they're not exactly the same, but close enough.
yes please, rant on.