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5 Gifts For Your Bicycle Mechanic That Aren't Beer - July 8, 2021, 8:08 a.m.

I've been lucky enough to have had Honey's shipped overnight to me and could not have been happier!  Also the time I had Schwartz's Smoked meat with a loaf of Rye Bread and a bottle of Mustard delivered was plain Epic!  The most recent tip was a really super nice bottle of Olive Oil.  The thought that went behind these will be remembered for much longer than beer.

Shut up and Listen: Sanesh Iyer - Feb. 18, 2021, 12:33 p.m.

Thank you for sharing this!

Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 12, 2021, 1:38 p.m.

That is definitely the challenge, with the amount of "innovation" in the bike industry things get outdated and in recent years faster than ever before.  as much as I would like to think dropper posts won't change much will this lifetime warranty still be able to help the rider out with a 15 year old post? only time will tell, but for now it is an exciting catch phrase that has a lot of people taking notice, good on PNW for pushing the envelope none the less!

Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 11, 2021, 9:40 a.m.

As an industry guy, I warranty stuff every day -  I find most of the manufacturers pretty easy to deal with, certain brands go above and beyond while others follow a little more closely to the wording.  But from my point of view some products do have a usable lifespan.  Lifetime warranty is great in theory but there are some problems in it's execution as time goes by. Take the Easton example, sure they got bought and that can change everything, but that isn't always the rule...lets say they kept the warranty timeline - How many Haven rims should they have kept? hubs? if they run out 10 or 15 years down the road should they be forced to do another production run of what could be 100 rims in 26"? How many 26" frames would still be in one piece?  These are all the questions all these brands have to think about - Its complicated and some people do get left with a bad taste in their mouth and that sucks from a consumer point of view. but how do you manage that?  Does a shorter Warranty timeline fix that bad taste and manage a consumer expectation so they don't feel short changed down the road on a product that really has a usable life?  From my experience most companies are pretty reasonable and if you can start a good dialogue a pretty decent resolution normally comes through.  Just keep in mind your local shop is just your voice between you and the manufacturer, we go to bat for you so you don't have to navigate all the nitty gritty back end details.

Dear Uncle Dave: Where the hell is my new bicycle!? - Jan. 11, 2021, 3:34 p.m.

As another bike industry guy - I find myself very fortunate to still have a job and have work,  but it has definitely been challenging -  when we talk about the whole supply chain it goes all the way down to raw material.  if your bolt supplier to make your component is late on delivery, your small parts is late, which means your frame is late, which may mean you missed your container ship you booked which means the distributor is late, which means we can't get it to the customer.  So many things need to go right these days.  You can't substitute parts from what you ordered at a factory level cause there are no parts available to substitute.  I have heard of some parts suppliers being 400+ days out for delivery.  The good news.. you will see more component manufacturers with OE spec.  Microshift for sure is on a lot more bikes for next year, hopefully this bring some value and competition on the OE side of the buisness.

Tattoo It On Your FACE! - The Trek Slash - Sept. 10, 2020, 12:09 p.m.

Peter needs to be in all their commercials!

Teardown - Shimano XTR M9100 Hubs - Feb. 20, 2020, 11:49 a.m.

Have had the privilege to ride XTR hubs last year.  Was on DT Swiss 350's prior and I can't believe how much less rolling resistance there is in the XTR's.  Through flowy sections of trail I am carrying more speed and having to pedal much less.  It was not something I was expecting from the new XTR group but probably one of my most favorite improvements.

The Development Story of the Santa Cruz V10.7 - Sept. 11, 2019, 8:26 a.m.

Look like SC part #'s for front triangle and rear triangle.

Sweating The Small Stuff At Crankworx 2019: Part 3 - Aug. 22, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

what were you driving?

Riding Motorbikes in the Alps: Part 2 - Aug. 12, 2019, 8:28 a.m.

word on the street is that's what's coming down the pipe in about a year or two- see you at a test ride day then!

Brakes *IN* Your Handlebars? Magura Launches the MCi System - June 20, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

I think running it behind would be the cleaner look....no need for it to go up front - or have a fork with a reverse arch......

A Mountain Bikers' Retirement Plan - May 13, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

I've never looked - Because Liquor and beer is privatized there isn't much we can't get our hands on..... we keep all our beer fridges VERY cold!  Thanks for the tip!

A Mountain Bikers' Retirement Plan - May 2, 2019, 8:57 a.m.

*Pilsner

Magura MT Sport Lever Blades - March 7, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Yup!

Tools To Make Mountain Biking Fun - Jan. 18, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Thank you for this!  Keeping it light and stress free isn't always easy - I think I struggled a lot last year to stay motivated, rode a lot of the same trail but did it to be out in the woods and in the trees.  The trail is usually pretty well ridden by families or people newer to the sport and most of the more experienced riders stay away for that reason(people in their way as they try and get the top strava time).  Frankly people new to the sport have an amazing outlook and their vibe is infectious.   It got me through the season, brought me back to feeling what I used to when I started. Keep it light keep it fun!

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