As someone who spent some time on the inside of the bike media scene writing reviews online for a mid sized online publication, I never experienced direct pressure to positively push something in the right direction and was left to honestly give my thoughts but if you were to say something that may of been considered close to the bone and not what a brand/distributor wanted to read they may become somewhat tricky to get hold of anything else for review…

That then left me short on column inches and articles which in turn effectively left me with my hands tied from time to time when writing/reviewing.

This article couldn't be more on the money for my money though. NSMB are on it at the moment and long may it remain!