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    BB spindle looks fine? NDS square taper arms...

    BB spindle looks fine?

    NDS square taper arms are super cheap:

    Sunlite Allow Low Profile Left Crank Arm w/Square Taper, 170mm, Black...
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    You jest, yet I have personal experience with...

    You jest, yet I have personal experience with national parks getting sued for trademark infringement:
    I got married at the "Majestic Yosemite Hotel" before the trademark dispute was settled and it...
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    Having worked in product marketing for a...

    Having worked in product marketing for a corporate brand behemoth, our strategy was definitely to consolidate marketing management and strategy across brands and products/services of like nature. We...
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    Yes please do! I live in Eugene and we need these...

    Yes please do! I live in Eugene and we need these guys to stay in business. It reminds me of Marmot Mountain Works in terms of the staff they hire (awesome stoked locals getting outside) but has an...
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    $500m annual revenue. Not a behemoth in the...

    $500m annual revenue.

    Not a behemoth in the scheme but look at the rest of TSGís holdings. I think itís reasonably likely that pushed the brand strategy and supplied the IPLA lawyers. At a minimum...
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    From Tyson Stellrecht, owner of Boise Gear...

    From Tyson Stellrecht, owner of Boise Gear Collective, posted to the boycottBcdc Facebook group:


    This is exactly the kind of story the CEO didnít want to talk about or admit in his non-apology,...
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    Really Backcountry.com??

    Itís entirely possible that in some cases they are the ones who handed money out in a settlement deal, but looking at the USPTO history and seeing who had a protracted set of back and forth...
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    It might be shopping for some people here, maybe...

    It might be shopping for some people here, maybe you don't have friends/family running small businesses with the word "backcountry" in the name. Or "Adventure," or "Trails" or "Outdoor." The chilling...
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    Anyone care to further refine a draft statement I...

    Anyone care to further refine a draft statement I wrote up below, of what a reasonable endpoint to the Boycott Backcountry.com movement would look like?

    I just submitted the draft to the organizer...
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    Really Backcountry.com??

    New Colorado Sun article up this morning is not flattering. Continues to paint picture of rampant aggression against small non-competitors in the outdoor space, just to protect monolithic brand value...
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    Please be respectful to the gearheads and CSRs...

    Please be respectful to the gearheads and CSRs and let them know itís nothing personal at all, you just want their bossís bossís bossís bossís IP firm and brand advisors to fuck off because they are...
  12. Probably there's a problem with the sales model...

    Probably there's a problem with the sales model when you have mount points and factory razor sharp tunes designed for pro comp skiers vs. us pedestrians who want shit to work out of the box.

    Also...
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    Also Motosport and Bergfreunde.de. And...

    Also Motosport and Bergfreunde.de. And WhiskeyMilitia, if they are still alive.
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    We've come full circle!!! TSG owns Stumptown and...

    We've come full circle!!!
    TSG owns Stumptown and Backcountry!
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    Nice one Dan Abrams! I wonder if anyone at...

    Nice one Dan Abrams!

    I wonder if anyone at backcountry.com will read the part of my email where I ask them "what is the net present value of everyone on social media outdoors groups vowing to stop...
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    Do you have a link? Where did they announce this?...

    Do you have a link? Where did they announce this? Insta?
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    According to their interview it was due to an...

    According to their interview it was due to an overload of too many "backcountry" named businesses. It's possible that they saw the registered trademarks and decided to avoid as well....
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    I mean, they just got the marks approved last...

    I mean, they just got the marks approved last year, so it's not exactly after the fact. But it is ridiculous that USPTO awarded them registered trademarks for use of a common word, without requiring...
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    Thank god the beans we buy in caseloads from...

    Thank god the beans we buy in caseloads from Costco are Rosarita brand!
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    Here is my take. I used to work in brand...

    Here is my take. I used to work in brand management for a big company.


    USPTO (patent and trademark office) has previously awarded trademarks for the term "Backcountry" for other goods and...
  21. Honey Stingers are the best (to me), but they...

    Honey Stingers are the best (to me), but they start adding up to dentist-level costs if you start going nuts on them like I used to.

    This is much much much cheaper, tastes great. Sugar goes into...
  22. 2018-19 Praxis Skis Info and Resource Thread

    Interesting word choice in Keithís latest email (my emphasis):


    I wonder if itís a temporary cash flow issue or a broader issue of running online retail fulfillment throughout the season....
  23. Nice! Seems like a perfect ride for your zone....

    Nice! Seems like a perfect ride for your zone. What size did you settle on?
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    Not really a PITA other than having two different...

    Not really a PITA other than having two different tapes on hand vs the one. I see the following advantages over Stans hook to hook:
    -since Kapton is so thin and light, Iíd be willing to bet that my...
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    How do you Tape?

    This is why Iím testing out the idea of channel width stans under hook-to-hook width Kapton. The stans is thick, pliable, and easy to apply. Kapton is thin, hard to apply without wrinkling, but in my...
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    How do you Tape?

    It seems like there are many variables that can affect the seal/interface between the valve stem, the tape, and the rim. Like, curvature of the center channel, valve hole diameter, angle of tape...
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    Donít skip the tube! It doesnít have to be...

    Donít skip the tube! It doesnít have to be overnight. If itís warm and you set a high pressure even just 1 hour is better than nothing to get the tape adhesive set. I have been doing 3 hours and it...
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    Bump. I found a new "technique" today that seemed...

    Bump. I found a new "technique" today that seemed to work well for me.

    TL;DR; Kapton (bead hook to bead hook) over Stans (center channel width). Easy to apply, Stans is strong, the Kapton protects...
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    Until you go for a gritty rain ride and then...

    Until you go for a gritty rain ride and then forget to move your bike from the non heated garage into the heated house to dry, and find the...
  30. Just chiming in to say that TacX makes good shit....

    Just chiming in to say that TacX makes good shit. I have the not-smart trainer and have been quite pleased.

    One way to get better about actually using the trainer is to have a TV with Bluetooth...
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    Anyone know how to find the special use permit or...

    Anyone know how to find the special use permit or their application?

    I'm curious if that starts opening up more lift served mountain bike potential. It seems quite obvious to do so, considering...
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    Heh, the reach on the Medium GG Pedalhead I'm...

    Heh, the reach on the Medium GG Pedalhead I'm building is 451mm compared to 403mm on my Medium v1 Bronson.

    And the Pedalhead is gonna have a head angle of 64 degrees with a 150mm fork, appropriate...
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    Probably itís more like a seat tube that extends...

    Probably itís more like a seat tube that extends above the top tube and doesnít have a gusset relies on minimum insertion depth to transfer shear load to the top tube.
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    Aww, what a buzz killer. This stay at home dad...

    Aww, what a buzz killer. This stay at home dad needs more entertainment when the baby is sleeping. Back to Netflix and bike building I guess ...
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    Fine, how about seated 15 degrees over small...

    Fine, how about seated 15 degrees over small root/rock step-up - I do that all the time. The rest of my pontification is still largely valid, especially the dynamic force transfer part of it.

    But...
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    You can apply only normal force when you ride a...

    You can apply only normal force when you ride a sagged / suspended bikeís seat tube??? When climbing uphill?

    What magical frame is this that sags to a 105 degree effective seat tube angle???
    ...
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    Budget dropper posts

    Californiagrown, all reasons to get an external cable dropper thatís easy-on / easy-off so you can pull it off and run a standard post for shuttle and bike park days!

    Our mid descent climbs are...
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    Actually a lot of Oakridge trails are just like...

    Actually a lot of Oakridge trails are just like that, 3000í constant grade fire road uphills and then 3000í downhills with 1-2 climbs where itís not the end of the end of the world to dismount and...
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    Budget dropper posts

    Just set the post height to 2/3 of max and then spin the lever upside down and go for a ride, so that you canít unconsciously hit the lever.* Dismount every time you want to adjust the height using...
  40. That too, sure. But then you rule out the...

    That too, sure.

    But then you rule out the possibility of ever getting it on with a chubby girl, and you know how they are in the sack ...
  41. Wheels that don't suck on non-dentist salary

    Hey, for moon dust midsummer conditions in Tahoe, if you canít cram a plus tire in your frame/fork then at least you can run 2.35-2.6Ē tires on that rim and have a higher traction setup than on a...
  42. Ibis S35 Aluminum wheels are $500 shipped, uses...

    Ibis S35 Aluminum wheels are $500 shipped, uses Ibis Logo hubs.

    Pretty hard to beat that price for a reputable made 35mm IW brand new wheelset. But the rims are so new I havenít seen much in...
  43. I think Hoodoo 5 packs are gonna be selling on...

    I think Hoodoo 5 packs are gonna be selling on discount at $200 (normal $220)... at least thatís what the deal will be at Eugene Swap the following weekend.
  44. Maybe not a great time for a project experiment...

    Maybe not a great time for a project experiment if you're trying to eek out last bit of the season! See if your shop has time for a quick re-lace build before ordering new rims! Also check to see if...
  45. Wheels that don't suck on non-dentist salary

    Hey, if you get the non-dentist carbon rim with the correct layup, cross section profile, and decent hubs, and it works for your terrain (no jagged and/or flying rocks) that might actually be less...
  46. Also, see Sethís post on the I9 Backcountry 360....

    Also, see Sethís post on the I9 Backcountry 360. If you run 2.6 front back I donít know if you can get a better wheelset for the money. 36mm IW should give you pretty decent midsummer grip if you are...
  47. Wheels that don't suck on non-dentist salary

    In addition to toastís question about the hubs -

    How wide of tires are you typically running?
    Whatís your budget?

    I wouldnít be afraid of carbon on SLT glaciated/worn granite rolls and stuff,...
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    No more Cow Valley huh? What part of AZ? I was in...

    No more Cow Valley huh? What part of AZ? I was in Tucson recently and Canada De Oro off the north side of Lemmon looks pretty dope. The landscapes there all look like Joshua tree ... without the...
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    That looks dope. I couldnít quickly see it in...

    That looks dope.

    I couldnít quickly see it in a quick scan of the page, but I assume at half power that thing could run for closer to 4 or 5 hours.

    As dope as it looks, Iíd still recommend...
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    New Season, New Tires, New Thread

    If it keeps the Schwalbe trend of seriously understating weight, the 2.6 Supergravity would be well over 3 pounds actual weight! (Listed weight is 2.97 lbs) Yikes.
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