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Liked a comment about feature Harry Main Welcomes 2016 with Big Changes 1/15/2016 1:47 PM
Josh Perry

Comments like this below are exactly what he is talking about in BMX. SO much, hate, disrespect, and jealousy. Bottom line, Harry and Mafia are getting kids on bikes. Thats going to help BMX grow. You cannot expect the sport to grow by staying "cool" or "core" and not advertising/selling bikes to kids outside of the ones that already ride or may know about it. That is just absurd. I respect Harry and all he is doing. He not only busts his ass on his bike, he busts his ass to market BMX to the outside action sports world, ultimately bringing more to our sport. Jealousy is the correct word in this situation. Do your thing, Harry, and help BMX!

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Liked a comment about feature Harry Main Welcomes 2016 with Big Changes 1/15/2016 1:45 PM
dave lawrence

To people saying this is the "death of BMX" I think you are wrong, and here is why. Most people had never heard of Mafia Bikes until this move of Harry's. Those folks that have tend to have no respect for the brand for various reasons. That right there tells me that the core of people who will buy bikes from Mafia will be NEW RIDERS, parents who are cheap/can't afford a better setup, and wannabes who are trying to be trendy. It will not be the riders who have been shredding for years. I look at those customers as the same folks who buy "BMX" type bikes from department stores and think they are the same quality. Shop employees know all about those parents who think a 150 dollar bike is the same as a 500 dollar bike. Mafia MIGHT be above department store level (I have never seen one) so it would be a decent middle ground to go for. DK tried the EXACT SAME THING (bridging the gap between dept store bikes and shop level bikes) and NO ONE SAID A WORD about it "killing BMX". It's another dept store style brand. No one is flipping out about kids who start on walmart bikes either. This is NO DIFFERENT aside from his name being attached. It might even bring kids into the "core" side of BMX, because they buy a cheaper bike and see videos of Harry shredding (he is a damn talented rider, don't even try to deny it) and it could get them stoked. Then they check out other videos, see other brands and BOOM you have a core rider. Not always gonna be the case, but it likely will bring in new riders, despite all your hate.

Also, WHY HAS NO ONE TRIED TO BASH TOM JUSTICE FOR RIDING FOR THEM TOO? I'd bet he is excited for things to come with Harry on the team.

Ride your damn bike, buy from your favorite brands, and shut up. Besides, 99% of kids out there order from Dan's, Albe's and Empire, who typically buy DIRECT from merchants. While 2/3 of those have shops, those kids pretty much ALWAYS have a local shop, but the local shops "cost too much" which makes them huge hypocrites.

Regardless, it is HIS DECISION, and I would bet it will not cause you ANY ISSUE with your current favorite brands (which will change with the next announcements of sponsor changes anyway).

EDIT: Took a look at the website and I feel I am correct. Very much aimed to be the middle ground for dept store bikes and shop bikes.

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Liked a comment about feature Harry Main Welcomes 2016 with Big Changes 1/14/2016 10:43 AM
Lanky Nathan

Good move by him. I didn't understand his reasons originally, but this clears it up. The people who 'hate' on this are the people we really don't need anywhere near the public side of the sport. They're better left to the dark back corner where they can't do too much damage. Let them blog on their wordpress site that receives 300 users a month on how this is "Only for the money and the love for the sport is gone". Good on ya Harry, I'll be watching what you have coming.

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