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    Industry Folks on MTBR?

    With such a confluence of topics, ideas, advice, complaints, pictures, etc. on this website it seems to be the perfect forum for Bike Manufactureres, employees at Bike companies, bike personalities, etc to either lurk on the forum and get feedback or actively interact with the people who buy their products.

    I am fairly sure industry folks check out this site, but do they actually post in a specific forum (say SC or in Brake Time)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nayr
    With such a confluence of topics, ideas, advice, complaints, pictures, etc. on this website it seems to be the perfect forum for Bike Manufactureres, employees at Bike companies, bike personalities, etc to either lurk on the forum and get feedback or actively interact with the people who buy their products.

    I am fairly sure industry folks check out this site, but do they actually post in a specific forum (say SC or in Brake Time)?
    Some do indeed. In fact, the 2 companies I consider to be tops in the business, period, post in their respective sites. Sherwood from Ventana and Dave Turner in the Turner forum.

    Also, my 2 other bikes' makers also post.....Brent from Phil Wood and the boys from Ninerbikes which is always cool to see.
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    some people I think would post under usernames but remain quiet about what they do say at a specific company a la Cannondale or Specialized.

    I know PUSH posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    some people I think would post under usernames but remain quiet about what they do say at a specific company a la Cannondale or Specialized.

    I know PUSH posts
    good point...yeah PUSH posts quite a bit. Seems like the companies that dont have anything to worry about (ie, great companies) are more open about posting but I suppose that makes sense.

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    There is some funny posts concerning Tony Ellsworth and Warranties, basically one big flame thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    some people I think would post under usernames but remain quiet about what they do say at a specific company a la Cannondale or Specialized.

    I know PUSH posts
    There are LOTS of industry people that are regular posters here. Most as an individual rather than a company rep.
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    I know that Chris Cocalis, the President of Titus, has posted in the Titus board. He explained some things that people were speculating about and he basically had to step-in to squash some extremely mis-informed rumors that were being spread.

    In fact, his detailed explanation, his openess about Titus and his willingness to step in and defend his company were some of the reasons why I decided to check out a Titus when I was shopping for a new bike. I ended up buying one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nayr
    With such a confluence of topics, ideas, advice, complaints, pictures, etc. on this website it seems to be the perfect forum for Bike Manufactureres, employees at Bike companies, bike personalities, etc to either lurk on the forum and get feedback or actively interact with the people who buy their products.

    I am fairly sure industry folks check out this site, but do they actually post in a specific forum (say SC or in Brake Time)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    There are LOTS of industry people that are regular posters here. Most as an individual rather than a company rep.
    Yep. Its very cool when they chime in and occationally ask about ideas. To the OP just dig around through the boards you'll come across industry types all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nayr
    With such a confluence of topics, ideas, advice, complaints, pictures, etc. on this website it seems to be the perfect forum for Bike Manufactureres, employees at Bike companies, bike personalities, etc to either lurk on the forum and get feedback or actively interact with the people who buy their products.

    I am fairly sure industry folks check out this site, but do they actually post in a specific forum (say SC or in Brake Time)?
    I was called a misogynist once by Jeff Guerrero of Dirt Rag Magazine over in the Political forum....does he count?

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    Dave Weagle posts here. Stewart something, the promoter for 24 hours of adrenaline, posts here- but only to say something to piss others off. Juliana Furtado posted here recently. Mike Hecker, a so Cal race promotor posts.

    I'm sure there are many many lurkers and anynomous posters here for everyone we know.

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    Yeah, there are tons, like someone else said, they usually post on their own account and not in the capacity of a company rep. Some that I know of that haven't been mentioned are guys from Specialized and Marzocchi.

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    In DirtRag 116 Rob Roshopp, owner of Santa Cruz, made a comment about checking out the buzz on MTBR.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nayr
    With such a confluence of topics, ideas, advice, complaints, pictures, etc. on this website it seems to be the perfect forum for Bike Manufactureres, employees at Bike companies, bike personalities, etc to either lurk on the forum and get feedback or actively interact with the people who buy their products.

    I am fairly sure industry folks check out this site, but do they actually post in a specific forum (say SC or in Brake Time)?
    Seen some names from some of the brake and drivetrain companies, but not in a while, but I have not lurked in those boards either though.

    Lots of shop owners too...I think I remember the guy from Dreamride being a regular.

    Serioulsy though... I think we've got more lurkers than posters, or at least people not letting on. Too easy to get in trouble when someone can be seen as a voice for the company, without the company's backing.

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    I guy who designed the 5th air or assisted with its design posts here.

    Tony Ellsworth Posts here - Does he count? :d

    I believe Dave Turner does all his market research here and basically implements lots of the comments made.

    The guy from ON ONE posts a lot on the SS board...

    umm lots of others who work with big name companies - Mellow Yellow comes to mind working with whoever it is (I've gone blank)
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    Too easy to get in trouble when someone can be seen as a voice for the company, without the company's backing.
    Yeah that’s a big one. I guess that’s why a lot of the small manufacturers post, or it's usually the boss of the big manufacturers rather then employees.

    Mind you I have seen the occasional workshop / product "sneak peak" from employees lower down the food chain who are busting to tell someone about whats happening!!

    I think having an online presence is becoming more and more important. From what I’ve seen both within the MTB community and others, being a part of online communities such as this is a real selling point, and affirms a company’s dedication to customer service.

    Its great being able to ask a direct question to the boss of Lupine or Turner etc, and not having to deal with the rubbish that’s given from some distributors, LBS’s etc.

    It's also very easy just to lurk, listen and learn, a fair majority of members here only have very few if any posts.

    With up to date information, and so many questions and answers that have already been posted, sometimes you don't even need to post to get an answer to a question!

    Cheers, Dave.

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    I'd be very surprised if each manufacturer didn't have at least one person assigned to lurk the boards watching out for trends or issues related to their product. If I ran a bike company, I'd give that job to someone as a specific assignment.

    As other's have written, there are a number who actually post and respond to threads. I can add a few not already mentioned ... Walt (of WaltWorks fame), Salsa Cycles, Rob of Badger Cycles, a Gary Fisher rep and Gary Fisher himself have posted.

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    No one also said that a Hayes rep posts on the brake form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor!
    Mellow Yellow comes to mind working with whoever it is (I've gone blank)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave.
    If I ran a bike company, I'd give that job to someone as a specific assignment.
    Hire me! That'd be my dream job (after being the guy who directs jumbo jets with those orange sticks, and being a B-list actor). Imagine getting paid to do what I do all day anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Hire me! That'd be my dream job (after being the guy who directs jumbo jets with those orange sticks, and being a B-list actor). Imagine getting paid to do what I do all day anyway.
    Totally. Not the jet directing stuff though, it's too loud and there's too much risk of getting sucked into a jet engine which would be embarassing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    .....B-list actor....
    now would that be B-list gay porn Nat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    now would that be B-list gay porn Nat?
    AAHHHHH! No no no no no.

    Is there an A-list for gay pornstars?

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    Maybe not.

    It's a precious few bike companies that can spare an additional employee to look at the internet.

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    Oh, and...

    At this very moment you are unwittingly participating in a Marketing Survey. If you do not wish your input to be processed, you must immediately leave the forum.

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    LOL - That’s so true! I wonder who Nayr works for??

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    No doubt

    There is absolutely no question that industry insiders browse these forums and likely post. I run a little site (www.mountainbiketales.com) that doesn't get a fraction of the readers as this place does and have been contacted by execs at both Cannondale and Specialized. One of our writers, Verdra Ciretop, does a satirical column on mountain bike technology that somehow got noticed by the masses. Well next thing I know, we have Rick Vosper, director of Marketing for Specialized writing in to request that we make it clear that the columns are a hoax so that the folks at Specialized could get back to work. Apparently they were flooded with information requests from all over the globe on the bikes shown in the columns. Never think this stuff goes un-noticed by the industry.

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    I've talked with Joe from Kona here before via PM and in the Kona forum.

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    There's also n10'sguy in the Intense forum--duh. I believe he's some type of manger there.

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    I bet not all the rave reviews in the "Product Review" section are 100% legite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71Fish
    I bet not all the rave reviews in the "Product Review" section are 100% legite.
    And not all the hater reviews in the review either. Gotta actually read the reviews.

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