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    We the people ... Links to websites with some in-depth I-Bike coverage?

    I know a lot of people aren't back from Vegas yet, so more stuff will be forthcoming in future days, but I figure people have been combing the interwebs and finding some gems from I-Bike already. KRob's stuff will probably be the real goods, but until he gets done, what else is out there? It seems like most of the "corporate" sites (this one, pinkbike, sicklines, etc) so far have fallen asleep on the job and somehow the crowdsourcing aspect of mtbr has not come through.

    Let me define what I think good coverage is:
    • LARGE pictures- 1,000 pixels wide/tall is a good starting point but the option of 2,000 pix is great
    • MULTIPLE pictures of bikes- not just the yawner drive side catalog pic, but front, back, linkage, chain and seat stays, shock mounts, disc tabs, etc.
    • DETAIL pictures- odd angles, closeups, well lit and focused
    • Action shots of riding
    • Detailed verbiage of actual trail experience using the equipment in question including direct comparisons to other equipment- not just a reprint of the manufacturer's ad copy (barf!)


    What crappy coverage is:
    • SMALL pictures
    • Tiny bikes in the distance leaning up against rocks
    • Pictures of tents in the desert. Seriously, who cares?
    • Verbiage that does not compare bikes or parts to other bikes or parts to put them in context
    • Descriptions that are nothing more than direct reprints or paraphrases of the company's press release


    NSMB actually has some good stuff up.

    http://www.nsmb.com/3295-first-dirt-interbike-2009
    http://www.nsmb.com/3298-day-two-in-the-dirt
    http://www.nsmb.com/3300-bootleg-canyon
    http://www.nsmb.com/3297-dirty-demo
    http://www.nsmb.com/3301-interbike-show-goodies
    http://www.nsmb.com/3305-interbike-finale
    http://www.nsmb.com/3302-in-turb-ike

    Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
    Last edited by tscheezy; 09-26-2009 at 12:30 PM.
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    thanks for the links dude. nice stuff. bit surprised by 661's 'new' prototype riding lid. Looks almost like a carbon copy of my 2008 Fox Flux lid. Seems a case of OEM part getting rebadged...

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    Sicklines has about the best coverage I've seen so far.

    [SIZE="3"]Check it out![/SIZE]

    Regardless of how much effort MTBR puts into coverage, the format sucks IMHO.
    Very little opportunity for interaction from viewers, not enough content, poor photos, and what gets covered is dependent on who goes (i.e. 29'ers & tires? yawn). I still enjoy MTBR but they are way off the back when it comes to iBike coverage IMHO. Just some simple formatting changes (i.e. show it all as regular posts in a forum, rather than blog style) would be a huge improvment.

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