BC Hydro and BC Transit are also Crown Corporations - the public doesn't have free access to these facilities either. 'Crown' doesn't immediately mean 'public welcome - do what you like'.
Nice bait. Wasn't the last Uncle Dave all about discussing the issues? Didn't last long, did it?
Hasn't this been discussed ad nauseam? Customers responsibility at a shop - don't expect a deal - feel free to ask 'is this your best price?' but don't be surprised when the answer is 'yes'. Shops responsibility - acknowledge the customer, listen to the customer, show some humility when you don't know the answer/customer knows more than you. Both sides - don't be dicks. Keeping a bike running is not rocket science - Canyon can't come to NA soon enough. LBS should be getting ready for a cull of the weak.
Copying/modifying existing drivetrain isn't disruptive enough for any of these alternatives to make gains on Shimano/SRAM. Only a lower-cost wireless e-drivetrain (perhaps repairable as well) would remotely threaten the top dogs.
Finally, Niner fixes one of it's major issues - poorly constructed bottom bracket sleeves. Next step, the frame protectors attached with double sided tape instead of epoxy.
Two straight up press releases from Santa Cruz, the Trek Farley EX makes you a 'jerk', the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt/volt review is more about Di2 than the bike (which was heavily modified from stock) and Mavic wheels are somehow awesome despite the repeated hub failures. How many other media outlets have the editors in constant defense of their work? Read the critique, glean what you can and move on. Given NSMB income is based on advertising, I wouldn't be too aggressive at insulting the consumer base to save your ego.
Given the tagline on the NSMB website is 'Authentic mountain bike media …' you're implicitly stating a no-BS/marketing policy. Yet holes appear in that façade on a routine basis. Your readers call NSMB out on it and then suddenly the NSMB editors are filling up the comment columns in defense. The 'truth' is subjective and open to a wide variety of interpretation - so perhaps a spreadsheet approach would provide a bit of objectivity to the whole 'bike review' process.
Mechanical cable systems are so bad they need to be replaced with a wired AA- battery powered servo system? Another example of engineering de-evolution, not revolution so go side-by-side with 1×12.
Adding range is easy. Entry-level department store MTBs have had the pie plate large cog 'climbing gear' for years … on 8-speed - doesn't make it an engineering marvel. Chain drops during back-pedaling, extra-long derailleur cages, fitment issues between frame designs, huge jumps between cogs and $400 cassettes are not 'sound', 'simple' or 'rad'. They represent a engineering de- evolution, not revolution. Pick a side - climbing ability or speed. Attempting to mix both together in a single cassette is bush-league.
Hence the Achilles Heel of the 1x system. Road bikes resolved this issue in the 1×5 day with an additional chainring. Now road bikes are the lightest, climb the steepest and have the range to sprint to 70 kph. In contrast, Enduro and Shore riders are attempting to 'save weight' with a 1x with crazy gear jumps while running a chain guide.
Santa Cruz seems to believe one-size fits all - given the Juliana bikes are just 'pinked' versions of the 'unisex' builds. Albeit with smaller diameter handlebars and women-specific saddles …. but otherwise the same.
It's going to make ENVE wheels lower-quality at the same price. Same as what happened to Chariot when Thule bought it (for those with kids). Same as what typically happens when any corporate entity takes over a boutique brand - increase profit margin.
If it has to be added by hand and has larger crystals, it will evaporate/dissipate/clump at much faster rate. Hence, quicker time to 'Stan's balls' in your tire - which will be the tradeoff vs. the standard solution. Good choice for those with a mechanic to manage their wheels. Breaking and resetting the bead on your tires every 2 weeks to check for solids? Yikes.
Bike racing just fell to the bottom of the credibility pile. The consequences will touch all divisions of the sport via loss of sponsors. Upside for MTB is it's tougher to hide the on/off switch without bar tape. There is a photo of Femke at the Worlds in which it's clear she's running mechanical shift/brake levers yet has an odd tape job on the RH drop under the shifter clamp - which could be a button (similar to what Cancellara appears to thumbing in the video above).
Did it have the ever-persistent creaky BB that seems to be the current hallmark of Niner?