Great article, Cam...I've been wearing the Guardian and Revo since they were launched, and just acquired the Thunder pants. My only comment is regarding the negativity about the cost of riding gear in general (not just in this article, but in comments sections everywhere).
The bottom line is that you pretty much get what you pay for. If you want bomber gear, then expect to pay the price.
My comment is based on the premise that the majority of us riders have been
sold on 12×142 rear axles in the last 2 or 3 years. Now we're getting the
sales pitch on why something else is better. And who cares if SBP is "nothing
new", maybe not everyone has a collection of rear hubs to fit every bike.
Forgive me for being a little frustrated.
The problem with all these new "standards", is that they don't stick around
long enough to actually be any sort of benchmark. There's no problem with
pushing the envelope of innovation, but you can't call something a "standard"
if it lasts 2 years.
I'm appalled at the suggestion that the customer should have to bribe their
local shop for better service. It is the shop who should be offering the
customer a coffee or a beer to get them to stick around longer, thus
increasing the chances of buying a bike.