Meet the new Bike Hub

Unlike the bike industry with its annual colour-way refreshes, new model cycles and the next new “standard”, Bike Hub has retained a largely unchanged look and feature set for a number of years now, incremental improvements aside.

And while we’re not the type to propose fixing something that isn’t broken, as the digital world advances and consumer expectations rise, we’ve grown more acutely aware of the shortcomings of our current platform. We know from user feedback that there are many gripes and bugbears that Hubbers have patiently learnt to live with while we’ve endlessly promised “future platform upgrades”. Not to mention the countless opportunities to deliver greater value to our users with new features and services.

 

It’s time for us to up our digital game and deliver a better user experience on Bike Hub. With that in mind, our small team expanded significantly in early 2019, including the addition of two full-time developers which enables us to drive product improvement. The team has quietly been at work building out the new Bike Hub and laying the foundation from which we will more rapidly improve and expand the offering moving into 2020.

 

So what is changing?


Not everything thing will be updated, at least not initially. The first phase will see a complete overhaul of Classifieds, a new Home page and an updated look which we’ll carry across the other sections of the site. The core features and look 'n feel of Forums, Events, News & Articles, and Stolen Bikes will remain the same initially.

 

Feature Highlights


Fully responsive design
Everything you can do on a desktop can be done on a smartphone.

 

Favourites
Need to save an advert to revisit later? Add it to your favourites to bookmark it. We’ll also notify you if the price or status changes.

 

Saved Alerts
Looking for something specific? Save your search to receive alert notifications when matching ads are posted.

 

Improved Rating System
We’ve moved to a simple star rating system and built-in prompts to kick off the feedback process between seller and buyer.

 

Chat
Easily communicate with buyers and sellers on any device.

 

Improved category structure
We've grouped bikes and components more sensibly while allowing more filtering.

Bike-Hub-teaser-Logo-and-screens.jpg

 

How will it affect my adverts?


In short, it wont! All your advert data (current and past) will be migrated to the new system and you’ll be able to login with your usual Bike Hub account details. Your trader ratings will also be migrated to the star rating system (Negative rating = 1 star, Neutral rating = 3 stars, Positive rating = 5 stars).
All forum data, private messages, events, etc. will remain on the current platform, but you’ll be able to login seamlessly with the same account.

 

While we’re furiously working through testing the new system, as with any new web products and the multitude of browsing devices, there’s a chance some things might not work as expected. We’ll have support channels on hand to assist and our development team will jump into action to address any issues which may arise.

 

What next?


We’re in the final phase of development and testing. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be conducting private beta testing with a limited pool of users with the goal to launch the new site within the next month.

 

Beta tester sign up: If you’d like to apply as a beta tester please sign up here.

 

Questions?


We’re here to answer any questions you may have.




65 Comments

Nick, Oct 15 2019 09:13

I hate change.

 

#MeToo. I still go to Thehubsa.co.za

 

The next six months or so are going to be rough for you. Sorry  :mellow:

We value feedback from the inflexible too, so please keep it coming. There will be lots of change but much will stay the same too.

Hairy, Oct 15 2019 11:55

I hate change.

 

 

#MeToo. I still go to Thehubsa.co.za

maybe you guys should stop using your blackberries to browse the bike hub for better results :P

Nick, Oct 16 2019 07:25

maybe you guys should stop using your blackberries to browse the bike hub for better results :P


There were 100 Blackberry users last month. The 25th most popular brand.

jimmycool, Oct 16 2019 07:32

There were 100 Blackberry users last month. The 25th most popular brand.

I can't help but wonder what the 24th most popular device was?

Super Sywurm, Oct 16 2019 07:55

There were 100 Blackberry users last month. The 25th most popular brand.

What? Seriously? :eek:

NotSoBigBen, Oct 16 2019 08:00

There were 100 Blackberry users last month. The 25th most popular brand.

I'm assuming those are the latest Android types and not the BB OS one's from years back so just another generic smartphone like the latest Nokia's ....

Nick, Oct 16 2019 08:04

I can't help but wonder what the 24th most popular device was?

 

Amazon. The Fire tablets.

 

What? Seriously? :eek:

 

I was surprised too. They did only accounted for 0.07% of all mobile users in September though.

 

I'm assuming those are the latest Android types and not the BB OS one's from years back so just another generic smartphone like the latest Nokia's ....

 

Interesting question. It's actually an equal split between BB OS and the new Android types. So 50 users on each.

Ok, I know I started it but mobile device question time is over. Back on topic  ;)

Super Sywurm, Oct 16 2019 08:07

Amazon. The Fire tablets.

 

 

I was surprised too. They did only accounted for 0.07% of all mobile users in September though.

 

 

Interesting question. It's actually an equal split between BB OS and the new Android types. So 50 users on each.

Ok, I know I started it but mobile device question time is over. Back on topic  ;)

Soooo much more questions regarding this...but can't wait for the new BikeHub.

BMCfan, Oct 16 2019 08:18

#MeToo. I still go to Thehubsa.co.za

 

Sjoe, glad to know i'm not the only one  :ph34r:

Hairy, Oct 16 2019 09:24

There were 100 Blackberry users last month. The 25th most popular brand.

25th of of 25?

Admin, Oct 16 2019 10:47

When you make some changes in the other section could we PLEASE have a "DISLIKE" button please !!!!!

 

Pretty please - I have seen it work well in some other forums.

 

if memory serves .. way back when ... we used to have this function.

Your memory may well be better than mine, but I seem to recall it was discussed but never implemented.

Although this announcement and the change is very Classifieds focussed, what's equally exciting for us is what that enables in terms of the forum platform which now sits on a decidedly outdated version.

The current Classifieds platform is built into a standard forum/community package which has meant we couldn't upgrade the core package without rebuilding Classifieds.

No to get too technical, but by stripping out Classifieds into a standalone (but integrated) system we remove that dependancy and can finally update the forum software and thereafter apply minor updates more regularly.

For those opposed to change there will be some adjustment, but since the underlying platform remains the same it will feel familiar. 

As a small example, uploading images to the forum from the mobile site is currently not possible. Given that more than 50% of site traffic is from a mobile device that update should be a big win for all. 

We expect the forum update to take place in Q1 2020.

The Commuter, Oct 16 2019 10:52

And, add a touch of red... #yesplease #dollopofred

fanievb, Oct 16 2019 10:53

Your memory may well be better than mine, but I seem to recall it was discussed but never implemented.

Although this announcement and the change is very Classifieds focussed, what's equally exciting for us is what that enables in terms of the forum platform which now sits on a decidedly outdated version.

The current Classifieds platform is built into a standard forum/community package which has meant we couldn't upgrade the core package without rebuilding Classifieds.

No to get too technical, but by stripping out Classifieds into a standalone (but integrated) system we remove that dependancy and can finally update the forum software and thereafter apply minor updates more regularly.

For those opposed to change there will be some adjustment, but since the underlying platform remains the same it will feel familiar.

As a small example, uploading images to the forum from the mobile site is currently not possible. Given that more than 50% of site traffic is from a mobile device that update should be a big win for all.

We expect the forum update to take place in Q1 2020.

So does this mean I can finally drop tapatalk and log on via chrome?

Admin, Oct 16 2019 10:56

 

So does this mean I can finally drop tapatalk and log on via chrome?

Soon!!

 

 

And, add a touch of red... #yesplease #dollopofred

Does this count? :whistling:

 

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The Commuter, Oct 16 2019 10:59

 

Hehe #safetheworld

solty, Oct 16 2019 11:00



As a small example, uploading images to the forum from the mobile site is currently not possible. Given that more than 50% of site traffic is from a mobile device that update should be a big win for all.

We expect the forum update to take place in Q1 2020.


Yes for this!

No more excuses for no piktjas!

Hairy, Oct 16 2019 11:33

Your memory may well be better than mine, but I seem to recall it was discussed but never implemented.

Although this announcement and the change is very Classifieds focussed, what's equally exciting for us is what that enables in terms of the forum platform which now sits on a decidedly outdated version.

The current Classifieds platform is built into a standard forum/community package which has meant we couldn't upgrade the core package without rebuilding Classifieds.

No to get too technical, but by stripping out Classifieds into a standalone (but integrated) system we remove that dependancy and can finally update the forum software and thereafter apply minor updates more regularly.

For those opposed to change there will be some adjustment, but since the underlying platform remains the same it will feel familiar. 

As a small example, uploading images to the forum from the mobile site is currently not possible. Given that more than 50% of site traffic is from a mobile device that update should be a big win for all. 

We expect the forum update to take place in Q1 2020.

For goodness sake, whatever you do, please do not loose any of the posts on the Lady Pro's thread ... .... or the curse of a thousand punctures may befall you!

Long Wheel Base, Oct 16 2019 12:18

So does this mean I can finally drop tapatalk and log on via chrome?

I dumped tapatalk long ago and use chrome. If I need to upload a picture via the phone then I select desktop and load. But viewing in desktop format is not as good as mobile site. What does suck big time on mobile is finding the forums and once you in a forum then going back to another forum.

SwissVan, Oct 16 2019 12:43

Does Admin have any pictures of what the old original hub looked like?

 

Sorri meant Bikehub.... but technically in those days it was the hub

Admin, Oct 16 2019 02:45

Does Admin have any pictures of what the old original hub looked like?

 

Sorri meant Bikehub.... but technically in those days it was the hub

They're floating around somewhere.

In the early days we were yellow  :o

Eddy Gordo, Oct 16 2019 02:59

So does this mean I can finally drop tapatalk and log on via chrome?

I do that on my phone and tablet anyway. Havent used tapatalk once and I dont have any issues with the forum on android.

Admin, Oct 16 2019 03:39

Does Admin have any pictures of what the old original hub looked like?

 

Sorri meant Bikehub.... but technically in those days it was the hub

 

 

They're floating around somewhere.

In the early days we were yellow  :o

Some gaps in between and patchy screenshots....

Circa 2004 (courtesy of https://archive.org)

Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 15.33.18.png

 

Logo: 2005 - 2010
main-logo.gif
 

2011...
Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 15.36.28.png

2015
Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 15.38.38.png
 

'Dale, Oct 16 2019 04:06

Maillot jaune yellow

Visionary

Clearly it was a site for roadies originally

 

Just saying

SwissVan, Oct 16 2019 04:50

Maillot jaune yellow
Visionary
Clearly it was a site for roadies originally

Just saying


Or LAnce supporters
😁

SwissVan, Oct 16 2019 04:53

Some gaps in between and patchy screenshots....

Circa 2004 (courtesy of https://archive.org)

Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 15.33.18.png

Logo: 2005 - 2010
main-logo.gif

2011...
Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 15.36.28.png

2015
Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 15.38.38.png


Linnega and Scotty on the yellow screen shot from 2004
Some of the few who did not change there hub name