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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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Improbable inventory

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Improbable inventory

We've rarely scored with "pre-packaged" wheels, except when we have. So custom it is, and custom comes with some process drag. What can we do about that? Hmmm...

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The times are changing

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An always dynamic brandscape (Dave's new favorite word) has hit warp speed on the pace of change. The meaning and future of all of this? Join us for a look into the crystal ball.

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Labor's free, but it ain't cheap. Or, making the sausage.

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Labor's free, but it ain't cheap. Or, making the sausage.

Customer-supplied parts are a welcome and more frequent phenomenon for us, but it can get a bit confusing as to how and why a build will cost what it does. Today's post should make it all clear as mud.

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Those pesky tariffs

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Those pesky tariffs

The tariffs are coming! The tariffs are coming! What does that mean to you, November, the bike industry, and global trade? Who knows, but we take a stab at it here.

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