Not condoning the calendar, but for what it's worth, the whole Maxxis Babes
thing is run by the UK office which is a separate entity from the US or Taiwan
HQ. Basically, they own the brand in the UK and therefore chose how to
position it. Apparently, they think this still flies there. It's aimed
squarely at the automotive market, which, if we're being honest, is probably
not as "progressive" as the MTB market.
The US office used to produce sexy-lady-type ads and posters (nude April
Lawyer on a tricycle, anyone?) back around the time of the Marzocchi girls,
but has long since stopped.
Alls I'm saying is, it's more complicated than just "Maxxis put out a cheesy
I have this fork as well as the Pike. The Pike is better in that it is more
plush in the beginning of its travel. Otherwise, the two are very much on par
with each other. Close to the same weight and I can't detect any difference in
stiffness between the two (at 200+lbs).
I would agree with Dave about the compression settings as I run them both
pretty much wide open and as he said, that leaves a lot of clicks on the
If you have the skrilla, get the Pike. If you want a really, really good fork
and some extra cash for something else, get the Auron. If you want performance
equal to the Auron at the price of the Pike, get a Fox.
Yeah, agreed. I said as much above. I'm not knocking Vegas for it's riding. If
I were looking for some early season riding I'd rather go to Moab or Sedona
though. But then again, Vegas isn't my cup of tea.
Yes yes yes. I've heard all these points before. I'm not necessarily
advocating for moving the show. I was specifically addressing Pete's point
regarding the consumer day. Don't be surprised when you have a cycling show in
the middle of the desert and the consumer day is a bust.
I would contend that the whole space issue is overblown though. Again, I'll
cite Atlanta since it's my home. We have the world's largest airport, multiple
convention centers in downtown alone, and shit tons of hotel rooms. In
addition, there are rad places to ride nearby. We don't have gambling, but
there are plenty of other things to keep you busy.
I go to plenty of other trade shows for work and they certainly aren't all in
Vegas. Like I said to Pete below, it all depends on what the goal is. That's
something the entire industry needs to ask itself.
Yeah, like I said it all depends on what the goal of the show is. I like
talking to the end user. They say here's where I ride, this is how I ride,
which of your products should I be using? Where as with folks in the industry
it's always, "Whaddaya got that's new?" Granted, that's what people want to
My point is that it's tough to cram the two groups together. It has to be an
either/or show. Interbike should probably only be two days anyway. Everyone
has seen it all at Eurobike and no business is happening on Friday. The
consumer day seems to be a "bone" thrown at manufacturers in an attempt to
justify the show being three days long. Come on a Friday a couple of years ago
and you will see a bunch of shelled people staring at the floor until the
sound of tape guns fills the hall after lunch. Now there are slightly more
people milling around and the tape guns get a later start.
There's too much navel gazing in the industry and selling to each other. If
cycling is going to continue to grow, there needs to be some rethinking of a
lot of things. And Interbike is one of the big ones.
Personally, I like the idea of a consumer day. And this year's was certainly
better attended than 2013. It still doesn't really work in Vegas though. Vegas
is NOT a cycling mecca. Sure, there are rad places to ride there, but come on,
no one puts Vegas on their "bucket list" of places to ride. There's not a huge
population of local riders, and let's face it, Vegas is in the middle of the
f@cking desert. There aren't people coming from nearby riding hot spots
because frankly, there aren't any nearby.
I answered very few, if any, questions about our products on Friday. We had
people coming through our booth, but they were cruising for free stuff. Which
is fine, but they didn't really care about anything else. In one particularly
hilarious incident, a guy came by, took a water bottle and then also a Sharpie
that just happened to be lying on the desk. I guess if it's not nailed down
it's up for grabs.
Move the show to somewhere that actually has a good riding community (Denver,
San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, hell even Atlanta (where I am)) and the
consumer day would be better attended. I'm not sure if that's the goal of
Interbike though. I always hear, "The show is about the dealers, and the
dealers want to come to Vegas to party." But perhaps it should be.