Great article. I keep fighting to not get swept up in the ever-changing game of bike upgrades. It is pretty wild to think that a 6-10k bike would be obsolete so quickly. If my 10k truck went obsolete after 3 years of driving, I would be pissed and never buy another of that brand again. But for the bike industry to keep going, they have to sell. I am pretty stoked I built up a nice trail SS hardtail this year. 3/4 of my rides are on it and my FS trail bike (4 years old - dated) gets used for bigger rides (over 2 hrs). I still find myself looking at the latest and greatest carbon trail bikes wondering if I should upgrade the bike I only ride a 1/4 of the time. The marketing machine is strong!!!
It is a great idea having stiffness levels in frames but all I hear is that costs will go up do to stocking different flexes in all sizes. One thing that is already available is the ability to purchase bars, wheels etc... to get us closer to the feel we want.
Thanks for the details. I have enjoyed my Pike but I also don't get super particular. I just set and forget. Fork has got super harsh since losing 30 lbs. So need to reset the SAG and tune this spring when I start riding again. But good to know on the Revelation. It is an option on some bikes I am looking at so maybe I won't be as scared of the fork as the old Revelation.
We can make fun of all the old stuff and ask what were we thinking. But a picture popped up on my facebook feed of me in lycra on my rigid SS in Moab. Rocking a Twinkies jersey and a huge mustache. I laughed at how silly I was. But then I remembered that rigid Karate Monkey took me on more adventures/miles/smiles/fun and awesomeness than any bike I have owned since. We can ask why we didn't upgrade or what we were thinking, but don't ever forget how much fun we had back then!!!
Of all the things I have bent/ broken/bashed on rocks and sticks, the quick release has not been one. I see a need for it and also understand why people don't want. What is really cool, we can have whichever we want without the bike industry making one obsolete so we are forced to what they want. That is nice!
All valid points Cam. I didn't call you smug if a dude rides a clapped out ten-year-old Stinky and I did attach meaning to things you may not have suggested.
That said, everyone interrupts what you read in different ways. To me, it came across as "If you want to be in our club (mountain bikers), then mountain biking needs to be more important to you than anything else because those are the choices I made."
There is also a lot more I read in that article and I acknowledged that. You can go and have fun and ride a bike on dirt without having a bling machine. Just get out and ride. So I think we are on the same page with all that.
I just read parts of it differently. Great article and thank you for engaging us in a discussion. Always good to get a solid response and you are a much better writer than I am. I struggle to articulate my arguments in written form.
As an American gun owner (buying a new one this spring) and a mountain biker, I do not support the NRA or their message. There are so many factors in these mass shootings and it is crazy to not look into and ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING about people's access to these guns. I hunt, that is why I have guns. Moving to NW Montana, I am getting a large pistol to carry on backpack/wilderness adventures (not biking, that is nuts). But if I have to register, take an exam, undergo a psychiatric evaluation, wait a week/month I am fine with all that.
All that said, I will not support those companies that support the NRA!