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Pre-order in the time of long lead times

Dave Kirkpatrick

Pre-order in the time of long lead times

There are things within our control and things not. We've tried hard to pass along the benefits of the leverage we have. Here's how best to take advantage of it.

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This will be an interesting season

Dave Kirkpatrick

This will be an interesting season

It's no secret that there's a huge shortfall in supply right now. Tried buying an 11 speed chain lately? Or a tire? Various bike industry articles talk about how to secure online sales when there's no inventory available, and about tremendous sales growth for Shimano and MIPS (a helmet component). It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 76% growth for Shimano sounds exciting, but managing that kind of growth in a mature company with 100% physical product is a Herculean job. We're not talking about app downloads here. Most companies in Shimano's situation (capital intensive, mature, with an...

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Spoke supply

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Spoke supply

Looking around at wheel supply throughout the industry, 6 to 8 weeks lead time is very common these days. Whether this is more driven by component shortages or production's inability to meet demand, I can't say. We've certainly got some builds taking their sweet time to get out because of component shortages, as the quickest any of our primary hub options gets to us these days is ~5 weeks from our. Our pivot to going heavy on black White Industries hubs for QuickShip™ builds has helped a ton, and in many cases we're able to deliver much more quickly than...

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Rim Reviews: Boyd Altamont Disc 2021

Dave Kirkpatrick

Rim Reviews: Boyd Altamont Disc 2021

Good news on the alloy rim front? It would sure appear so. Read on for more.

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Rim review: Boyd CCC

Dave Kirkpatrick

Rim review: Boyd CCC

A little late with this review of the Boyd CCC rim, but we'll make up for it later with a very prompt review of the next-gen Altamont. Enjoy.

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