Great article Cam. Its addressing things like that and bringing them out in the open that help readers made educated decisions on products.
If I may though, a couple of suggestions on things I'd like to see in articles to really hammer home that honestly in journalism.
1) Really give it to companies that do stupid things. Giant for example, and their stupid overdrive headset crap. Companies out there are doing stupid things, and should be called on it by media.
2) Compare products more. For example, if you review a fork, how does it directly compare to others on the market in the same segment/ price range?
I think both NSMB and PB have been doing a great job of being transparent and honest with the articles presented, and you should be proud. Now, there are definitely some others that are quite sketchy….