After Seb Stott's recent Burning Question article about why so many bike manufacturers are putting cables through their headsets
, I've had several brand-side industry folks share their opinions. While some acknowledged that routing cables through the headset could have some small benefits, they all painted a picture of engineers and product managers battling marketing and sales departments about practicality and aesthetics.
Either way, I thought it'd be good to get some feedback from the people who actually, you know, buy the products. I've heard this poll we ran on aesthetics
gets referenced by product departments pretty regularly, so who knows, maybe the results of these polls will sway brands one way or the other.
To acknowledge my own biases, I'm generally an external cable routing
kind of person, but I do love the look of an ultra-clean bike and would absolutely buy the right routed-through-the-headset bike. I feel like once you've accepted an internal cable, it's not the literal end of the world to have it go through the headset.
This poll is all about what you all think, but Levy, Henry, Kaz, and I have got a podcast recording scheduled for tomorrow for us to all argue about this and tell you what we think. Probably in excruciating detail. Sorry in advance.