Powerful Pete wrote:
Given the increasing difficulty in moderating the pro thread, the mods, after some discussion, have taken the decision to delete the thread.
As we would like to maintain the focus on WW issues (let's face it, most of the bikes on this forum cannot be raced in a UCI race), we would kindly request all of you to refrain from starting new pro threads. Even in chat. Any new threads that are opened to mirror the now defunct pro thread will be locked and deleted.
Thanks for your understanding.
Pete - when you became a moderator, I thought it was deserved and found that you did a good job, still think so... however we all make mistakes, and this is one big one.
Would have to disagree about a couple of things in your recent post:
1. Removing the Pro thread - obviously. Would have been better to clean it up, or let it run. Wasn't that long ago there were less moderators and the people on here managed mostly to modearte themselves and each other except for the rare incidents where the moderators would step in, but I for one, found they more added to topic than reprimanded anyone.
2. "Weight Weenie issues" as you point out has everything to do with the Pro Tour circuit... where the hell do you think the majority of new gear is launched and shown?!
3. "Most bikes on this forum cannot be raced in a UCI race" - not everyone who posts here can afford a bike that is under 6.8kg... i would even hazard a guess that 'most' would own bikes over 6.8kg and the few that have bikes under 6.8 are equally likely to own another that isn't... Weight weenies is about so much more these days than just 'light bikes'... did you miss the thread regarding numerous light components that fail? Riders that like bikes that ride
nicely and who, actually might assign a higher priority to fit and ride feel over weight
4. Even the majority of bikes used by the Pro's from the Pro thread are way under 6.8kg but made to weigh 6.8kg by way of adding weights to them (SL3 in the BB just as 1 example). I'm sure you already know this, but the point is there are plenty of light bike components that are used and shown for the first time on the Pro thread... which is now not possible to be shown...
I personally was looking forward to the TdF and the new gear that comes with it - SRAM Red for 2011 just as one example... although at the end of the day, i guess it now gets it's own thread - but there will still be a lot of little things that the Pro's use first that will now be missed...