Posted by: Hepcat
Posted by: shoreboy
Also depends on if there is something you think you want to replace your current ride with?
I've been on an approximate 1.5 year upgrade cycle for decades. Constantly chasing the next evolution.
I feel like the industry has finally arrived somewhere though. The geo and fit are dialed, the technology doesn't get in the way. All those changes I wished for all those years have been made. Man, I'm satisfied.
Blind Bearing puller, bearing press, regular suspension maintenance. My steed is going to stay out of the carbon cesspool and under my butt till it's uncool and kids point and laugh at it.
My bike that is, not my butt. My butt will always be an object of admiration.
I was thinking along the same lines. Bikes are a pretty mature product now and other than a few bikes outside the box things are pretty similar. So there is less reason to buy a new bike for new technology. I’m super happy to be on my first generation Bronson. It’s got three summers on it which I haven’t done in ages. And I only have one mountain bike so all off-roading are on it.
Changing standards is one reason I got the Bronson. 650 wheels seemed to be taking over and I could already see 26 tire selection getting thin. So one has to decide, purchase a stock of tires so I have them and worry about rims if a when I wreck one and run the bike into the ground because with the small wheel size it was already worth less in most peoples eyes rightly or wrongly. Now it’s do I want to ditch the Bronson for a boosted bike? No because I got some nice wider rims used from a buddy and found a new non boost DVO Diamond so the bike is good for at least another season.
When I was racing XC though a new bike annually was what I did. Big miles and racing 25 times a season put the hurt on a bike and they were not so tough those light XC bikes.