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    My next bike will have a big red S on the headtube.

    And downtube, seatstays, whatever I buy it will be from big S. They make really good bikes that shred harder than your non S bike. They pay the bills for a bunch of my (american) friends. All you d**** that were talking ********* about this great AMERICAN company can *** ****** ***** up ****** ******** ***

    Get away from the keyboard and ride you inferior bikes, jerks.

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    I would like to apologize and let everyone know I realize I handled this situation wrong from the start and I’m very sorry for that. As many of you have probably already seen by now, I went up to Café Roubaix to meet with Dan in person to apologize and make good with him. Café Roubaix will continue on with its name. The video is up on Café Roubaix's Facebook page. Dan is the real deal, after meeting him I realize this and am embarrassed by how ridiculous this is. What happened was wrong. There are no excuses but I do feel like I owe it to you all to explain how we found ourselves in this situation, the lessons we've learned from it and, most importantly, how it will change the way we do things moving forward.

    Over the past few years we’ve seen a massive spike in counterfeit products, and most of the riders have no idea these products are fake, which is extremely dangerous because the risk of failure on these untested products is extremely high. In one instance, the entire head tube and fork sheared off a counterfeit Tarmac, causing the rider who had no idea he was not on a genuine Specialized product to faceplant and destroy his shoulder. To give you an idea of how much this issue has blown up, 10 Specialized employees hunt fake products across 30 major ecommerce platforms, we've identified over 5,000 listings, worth $11,000,000 USD in counterfeit goods since January 1st of this year alone. This is about double what it was last year. Due to this we have recently gone after IP and trademark issues more aggressively in the interest of protecting the safety of riders and the livelihood of our dealers and their hard-working employees. See the attached picture to understand how dangerous fake goods are.

    In the deal with Café Roubaix, the wheels were the red flag that got the attention of our outside attorney’s who were already sort of on red alert for anything that pops up, although Café Roubaix wasn’t in the same camp as the counterfeiters, they still got caught in the crossfire. There is so much activity with infringers that it’s overwhelming and I don’t see them all. The first I heard of it was Saturday morning and by Monday the thing went huge. But still, that was my fault, which is why I’m so embarrassed. I should have called Dan immediately.

    I heard you and you can rest assured I took it to heart. I realize now that we went too far with this aggressive approach and as a result and in some cases we hurt the local bikes shops and small businesses we wanted to protect. As a result we’re going to take a much closer look at all pending and future intellectual property and trademark issues, making sure to only pursue those that present a clear and obvious danger. The letter on Epix Gear was issued before the Café Roubaix story broke and has since been pulled.

    I handled this very poorly and I own full responsibility. Dan at Café Roubaix and I have become friends and he’s happy with the solution. I hope you too accept my sincere apology. Like you all, I’m passionate about cycling and want to do everything possible to grow the activity we all love.

    Sincerely,

    -Mike Sinyard
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    If looking out for YOUR safety makes them a jerk in your mind. go die

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    ooooaaaky . I still like my speci rides regardless. But then I also love my canfield also .
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    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    If looking out for YOUR safety makes them a jerk in your mind. go die
    LOL at your style. I like the first post but if you think Specialized was looking out for anyones safety, you are out of your ****** ******* **** you ******* ****** *******



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    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    And downtube, seatstays, whatever I buy it will be from big S. They make really good bikes that shred harder than your non S bike. They pay the bills for a bunch of my (american) friends. All you d**** that were talking ********* about this great AMERICAN company can *** ****** ***** up ****** ******** ***

    Get away from the keyboard and ride you inferior bikes, jerks.
    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    I would like to apologize and let everyone know I realize I handled this situation wrong from the start and I’m very sorry for that. As many of you have probably already seen by now, I went up to Café Roubaix to meet with Dan in person to apologize and make good with him. Café Roubaix will continue on with its name. The video is up on Café Roubaix's Facebook page. Dan is the real deal, after meeting him I realize this and am embarrassed by how ridiculous this is. What happened was wrong. There are no excuses but I do feel like I owe it to you all to explain how we found ourselves in this situation, the lessons we've learned from it and, most importantly, how it will change the way we do things moving forward.

    Over the past few years we’ve seen a massive spike in counterfeit products, and most of the riders have no idea these products are fake, which is extremely dangerous because the risk of failure on these untested products is extremely high. In one instance, the entire head tube and fork sheared off a counterfeit Tarmac, causing the rider who had no idea he was not on a genuine Specialized product to faceplant and destroy his shoulder. To give you an idea of how much this issue has blown up, 10 Specialized employees hunt fake products across 30 major ecommerce platforms, we've identified over 5,000 listings, worth $11,000,000 USD in counterfeit goods since January 1st of this year alone. This is about double what it was last year. Due to this we have recently gone after IP and trademark issues more aggressively in the interest of protecting the safety of riders and the livelihood of our dealers and their hard-working employees. See the attached picture to understand how dangerous fake goods are.

    In the deal with Café Roubaix, the wheels were the red flag that got the attention of our outside attorney’s who were already sort of on red alert for anything that pops up, although Café Roubaix wasn’t in the same camp as the counterfeiters, they still got caught in the crossfire. There is so much activity with infringers that it’s overwhelming and I don’t see them all. The first I heard of it was Saturday morning and by Monday the thing went huge. But still, that was my fault, which is why I’m so embarrassed. I should have called Dan immediately.

    I heard you and you can rest assured I took it to heart. I realize now that we went too far with this aggressive approach and as a result and in some cases we hurt the local bikes shops and small businesses we wanted to protect. As a result we’re going to take a much closer look at all pending and future intellectual property and trademark issues, making sure to only pursue those that present a clear and obvious danger. The letter on Epix Gear was issued before the Café Roubaix story broke and has since been pulled.

    I handled this very poorly and I own full responsibility. Dan at Café Roubaix and I have become friends and he’s happy with the solution. I hope you too accept my sincere apology. Like you all, I’m passionate about cycling and want to do everything possible to grow the activity we all love.

    Sincerely,

    -Mike Sinyard
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    If looking out for YOUR safety makes them a jerk in your mind. go die
    Whoa.... hold on! Sock Monkey alert, or???
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    The best is the one you want to ride most often..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    Whoa.... hold on there! Sock Monkey alert, or???
    Post #1 vs. post #2 is night & day
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    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    I would like to apologize ......

    Sign of weakness.

    you are dead to me.

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    You ever notice a sock-monkey face is exactly likes its ass?
    Find a ride on FB> AZ MTB

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    Not a sock, but a mega troll...
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    you had me at "hello".

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    Are you gonna buy a Serotta? Surly? Scott? Stradalli?
    What do we want? TIME TRAVEL! When do want it? THAT'S IRRELEVANT!

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    my left testicle hangs lower than my right, no wonder turning right is akward for me..

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    Hey Metal...The only testicles I see are the ones hanging from Rangers chin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpbarrett View Post
    Hey Metal...The only testicles I see are the ones hanging from Rangers chin.
    uuuummmm.....why are you watching?

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    I'm just curious if it's normal for my one testicle to be so much larger than the other two....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I'm just curious if it's normal for my one testicle to be so much larger than the other two....
    Yes, it's normal. The bigger one is the "dominant male" figure of the pair.
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    my "not-sorry (i'm the victim)" is bigger than your "not-sorry (i'm the victim)"

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    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    I would like to apologize and let everyone know I realize I handled this situation wrong from the start and I’m very sorry for that. As many of you have probably already seen by now, I went up to Café Roubaix to meet with Dan in person to apologize and make good with him. Café Roubaix will continue on with its name. The video is up on Café Roubaix's Facebook page. Dan is the real deal, after meeting him I realize this and am embarrassed by how ridiculous this is. What happened was wrong. There are no excuses but I do feel like I owe it to you all to explain how we found ourselves in this situation, the lessons we've learned from it and, most importantly, how it will change the way we do things moving forward.

    Over the past few years we’ve seen a massive spike in counterfeit products, and most of the riders have no idea these products are fake, which is extremely dangerous because the risk of failure on these untested products is extremely high. In one instance, the entire head tube and fork sheared off a counterfeit Tarmac, causing the rider who had no idea he was not on a genuine Specialized product to faceplant and destroy his shoulder. To give you an idea of how much this issue has blown up, 10 Specialized employees hunt fake products across 30 major ecommerce platforms, we've identified over 5,000 listings, worth $11,000,000 USD in counterfeit goods since January 1st of this year alone. This is about double what it was last year. Due to this we have recently gone after IP and trademark issues more aggressively in the interest of protecting the safety of riders and the livelihood of our dealers and their hard-working employees. See the attached picture to understand how dangerous fake goods are.

    In the deal with Café Roubaix, the wheels were the red flag that got the attention of our outside attorney’s who were already sort of on red alert for anything that pops up, although Café Roubaix wasn’t in the same camp as the counterfeiters, they still got caught in the crossfire. There is so much activity with infringers that it’s overwhelming and I don’t see them all. The first I heard of it was Saturday morning and by Monday the thing went huge. But still, that was my fault, which is why I’m so embarrassed. I should have called Dan immediately.

    I heard you and you can rest assured I took it to heart. I realize now that we went too far with this aggressive approach and as a result and in some cases we hurt the local bikes shops and small businesses we wanted to protect. As a result we’re going to take a much closer look at all pending and future intellectual property and trademark issues, making sure to only pursue those that present a clear and obvious danger. The letter on Epix Gear was issued before the Café Roubaix story broke and has since been pulled.

    I handled this very poorly and I own full responsibility. Dan at Café Roubaix and I have become friends and he’s happy with the solution. I hope you too accept my sincere apology. Like you all, I’m passionate about cycling and want to do everything possible to grow the activity we all love.

    Sincerely,

    -Mike Sinyard
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    Exactly why I wouldn't buy a Spesh (I like that spelling better): I have no idea if I'm getting a real Spesh or a fake one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I'm just curious if it's normal for my one testicle to be so much larger than the other two....
    maybe it ate the third

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