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This is a very valid question.
When I read a review, I tend to focus on the stuff that is important and
unchangeable: geometry, suspension, frame design, etc. Grips, bars, saddle,
etc aren't that important, since they are subjective and easy to replace. I
also tend to build bikes custom, and this try to filter out info accordingly.
But many people do things differently, and not everyone weighs pros/cons the
same. I don't personally care about bottle mounts much, since I use a pack,
but am interested if a frame has a threaded bb (yay!) or internal cable
routing (meh, especially brake lines). I also tend to swap components a lot,
so compatibility and changing standards is something I'm concerned about, but
others might not care much. Any reader should be able to prioritize
Accounting for rare events is more problematic. The headset example is a good
one, as your experience is highly unlikely to occur for most people. King or
Cane Creek bbs work great 99% of the time. But what if it's a frame or
component that is new to the market? This is especially difficult since the
response from the manufacturer is ALWAYS the same: "this was a preproduction
version, and the ones we sell are way better!" But….sometimes companies do fix
things right after release and address initial weaknesses. And even really
good products can have production failures. I've had a a reverb post and set
of Shimano brakes that were lemons, but know that these products are, in
general, quite reliable compared to competitors. In both cases, the
replacements worked great. But as a tester who spends a limited time with a
product, how do you know?
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