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Hi Folks!!

So, after having to bail my weekend schedule for some stuff arising, I hit the E-Bici this sunday along with Warp Mrs. and Jr.

Not spectacular, I'd say. Basically the same things as last year along with defects and good things, so I will not beat that horse again.

Basically, the place was good for shopping all kind of things at one stop. But prices offered were mostly the very same at stores. There were some discounts, but nothing to rave about.

The good: There are more players in the field and prices of components are getting closer to american counterparts. Finally Benotto was there. Mexican bike companies are getting more daring and making some interesting bikes.

The bad: The offer is still kinda limited and prices on complete bikes and/or frames is still a bad joke.

The ugly: Mexican bike companies have a HUGE hole between the very basic level bikes and the high-end ones. Not to mention, it seems they don't have buying power with suspension companies and they end up with crappy forks/shocks in what otherwise would be a nicely rounded bike.

Here some highlights...

Vintage porn... Check out this beautiful Triumph... way before the Rohloff!!



Weird???


Is this street legal? Looks like lawyer's bate....


I couldn't get to test ride a bike... but MiniWarp did...


Abel's Wife's BMC... bike porn and stupid light....


Trek's offerings for kids...


The allmighty Pike 454 in the flesh... nearly 800 bucks will get you one of these.


The RS Pearl (3.1??)... Sick... I just hope RS's second make of this shock would solve the quirks the first one had.


Maisterwerk (from GDL) had some Magura, Votec, Ghost, Uvex, Syntace, SKS and anything made in Deutschland... This Odin was mounted on a Ghost so old, that it had a Psylo and Julie '03 brakes...



More Magura stuff... I asked the price for a Julie lever... 80 bucks, a Phaon 580 bucks... rzoz told me they were offering the Louises for 170 bucks or so on saturday, though. However, I'll keep buying from Magura USA instead. Too expensive to buy here.

Their newest shock, the Hugin with Rebound, High and Low speed compression adjustment


The hot Louise FR


The Marta (normal one, the SL is silver colour)


The Julie '05... the thing is HUGE!!... Mine look big and heavy, but the newer versions are far more bulky. In theory the brake should be more resistant to fade for the added mass.


The Magura line of forks (the '06 that's just leaving the market)


5 grands will get you the latest Spesh plastic frame... yeah, you can buy two Turners, or Titus or Ellsworths for that money...


Willier carbon porn...


The Marin Rock Springs... it sells for 2800 bucks... They were going for less than 1000 bucks last year and the frame alone is 500 from Bob's bicycles... However, somebody less informed (but what a lucky bastid!) got already this one.


I swear the only fake thing on this shot is the brand on the bike... no photoshop here...


The Crossmarks were being deeply discounted by the Merida guys... check the sign on top....


Merida porn...


Isn't this thing jusr beautiful?


The people selling Santa Cruz (rzoz has the complete poop about their contact info), sells also Hope stuff... here a tiny sample.


More SC stuff...


The so hyped Nomad... soon to be "El Guapo's" prey...


This one looks bulky...


Mexican bike porn!!! K-rbon Bike (or somrthing alike) is the new suster brand of Alubike... it's probably made in China, as many Spesh and others, but hey... it's Mexican, it's Carbon and doesn't cost an arm and a leg... 1400 bucks get you one of these. Very nice option if you compete. The frame weighs 1.3 kilos... not record breaking, but not bad at all.



And Alubike's proposal for the kids...

Sorry for the thumbnails and the crappy pics... but the page would have been a nightmare to load with all the pics.

Cheers!
Warp
 

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Warp said:
Hi Folks!!

So, after having to bail my weekend schedule for some stuff arising, I hit the E-Bici this sunday along with Warp Mrs. and Jr.

Not spectacular, I'd say. Basically the same things as last year along with defects and good things, so I will not beat that horse again.

Basically, the place was good for shopping all kind of things at one stop. But prices offered were mostly the very same at stores. There were some discounts, but nothing to rave about.

The good: There are more players in the field and prices of components are getting closer to american counterparts. Finally Benotto was there. Mexican bike companies are getting more daring and making some interesting bikes.

The bad: The offer is still kinda limited and prices on complete bikes and/or frames is still a bad joke.

The ugly: Mexican bike companies have a HUGE hole between the very basic level bikes and the high-end ones. Not to mention, it seems they don't have buying power with suspension companies and they end up with crappy forks/shocks in what otherwise would be a nicely rounded bike.

Here some highlights...

Sorry for the thumbnails and the crappy pics... but the page would have been a nightmare to load with all the pics.

Cheers!
Warp
Thanks Warp, still would have been an interesting time out, love going to shows and just getting absorbed in all things MTB, go Warp Jnr, Todo Bien.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks for the review Warp, somehow I think there were interesting things to see

Warp said:
... Finally Benotto was there. Mexican bike companies are getting more daring and making some interesting bikes.

The bad: The offer is still kinda limited and prices on complete bikes and/or frames is still a bad joke.

The ugly: Mexican bike companies have a HUGE hole between the very basic level bikes and the high-end ones. Not to mention, it seems they don't have buying power with suspension companies and they end up with crappy forks/shocks in what otherwise would be a nicely rounded bike.
Don't tell me about it, yesterday I bought the Mexican version of Bike A Fondo to see how it was. It was hilarious, if not offensive, to see in the "Bike Catalog" some of the FS offers from Turbo being $10k more expensive than Spech´s FSRs and RM´s with better specs than the turbo. As for design,…..please!!!!!..... is this a joke!????. Still, in its pages Bike A Fondo is daring to say Turbo is one of the most admired companies in the world!???? Is this assertion biased?

After reading the catalog, I was quite concerned. Most of the bikes shown there were above the 35k mark (there was one roadie toping the ridiculous 99K!!); which is way off of the US MSRP for those models. Sweet time when common people use to think our bikes were $3k toys. Now, most of the people will know they are expensive and some others will think they are 40k machines. I won't feel safe riding on the streets anymore. Bummer!!!!

As for the Magazine, in the overall is ok although they have to define soon which is going to be their market. Looks like they are targeting both the sabby and the newbie market still don´t get to satisfy any of them. For example their explanations on forks are really bad, they neither go down to the basics, nor explain in on technical terms. Saying a fork has an "adjuste variable" says nothing, to me, and to a guy new to the sport. Is "adjuste variable" good? what is it? what is it good for? I think that if they want it to be accesible to the newbie market, at least they should start by giving some kind of "MTB for dummies" in order to give some understanding of the sport and technology being implied in the sport.

Hey Warp, you should write for these guys!!!!! This is not a crazy idea... imagine, you do are knowledgeable and you´d get to ride pretty nice stuff and, above of that, get paid for doing it!!!! (better than servicing forks I think). In case you did not notice it, I am being serious, you should contact these guys.
 

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Bummer, I got the flu this weekend and couldnt make it to the Mexican Interbike... It seems like I didn't miss anything, but it still would've nice to go and see all the bike porn there. So who was selling the Pike?
 

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elmadaleno said:
Bummer, I got the flu this weekend and couldnt make it to the Mexican Interbike... It seems like I didn't miss anything, but it still would've nice to go and see all the bike porn there. So who was selling the Pike?
You would have biten the bullet. There was some nice porn... bike one only. Cause there were little amount of demostrators or edecanes and they weren't really hot, exception made for one for Energy food and drinks.

The Pike (and the whole RS line) is being sold by Teknobike (aka Powersports here in DF).

I got a flyer of Teknobike and the Tora 302 (basic stuff) is like 2500 or so... decent price for the fork. All RS line is in decent price.

Oh, I forgot to mention the Pike had a 20% off if you paid cash (yeah, right; there should be people with 600 bucks in their pockets).

Rito... I dunno... I'd love to participate. However, I don't want to be pretentious about it. Just judging from your comments on the mag, I think the people writing the mag already decided not to have anyone from the forums (df_meb or any other) helping them or they have a very high steem for the people actually writing the articles.

I mean, they know the people who participate on the df_meb forums or the one for DH and Rhino's... If they were interested they would already had contacted anyone of them (myself included?).

Anyway, I'll get the mag and maybe contact them. I have an italian friend who actually writes for an Italian mag (posts here under the screen name "ClaudeFR" for Tutto MTB, the Section Tech-Caffe) and he is interested on writing for a mag. I can translate the articles from Italian to Spanish and maybe these guys maybe interested on having the same people who writes articles that appear on Marzocchi's page working for them (wishful thinking, as some people have a very high steem for their MTB knowledge even if they don't understand how a fork works).

I also think they have to define their target readers... but if it follows the Mexican market... there will be a HUGE hole between the low and high-end. I hope not. I'd love to see the mag succeeding.
 

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Nice to stay one day in the Expo-Bici and more fun could be ,if we buy all the things that we need .

In select stands the prices was very competitive , like Bicimaniacos , they had the Santa Cruz bikes almost the same price that USA (Blur XC complete bike and Blur XC frame)

What difference with the prices in Specialized products ¡ very high ! , the wonderful , beauty , nice , spectacular and top of the top full suspension xc or trailbike S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Frame was very expensive , a lot more that the original price in USA , I would like to buy this frame ,but before, I need to sell my Flux ,my Motolite ,other things and a bunch of dollars .

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the last biker said:
In select stands the prices was very competitive , like Bicimaniacos , they had the Santa Cruz bikes almost the same price that USA (Blur XC complete bike and Blur XC frame)

the last biker
I should say that's the better buying option for someone who'd like a relative high-end bike for less money and not dealing with importing a frame/bike.

SC's are very competitively priced by Bicimaniacos.

The rest of brands is waaaay too expensive to buy here.
 

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Hehe, I got the ride the black nomad :thumbsup: (I know, its the 3rd time I say it)
IMO, the highlight of the day was the trials routine by Ot Pi. That guy did do some scary $h!t. He took the front wheel of his bike and did some nice things with only the rear wheel and he hucked over 2 meters to flat concrete.
 
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