When you’re looking to buy a new bike, which components matter most to you? Once upon a not-so-long-ago, the answer was simple: The frame. The frame is, after all, the heart and soul of a bike. You could always swap parts out when they eventually gave up the ghost.
But today? Today, “budget” wheels cost six-hundred bucks and a high-end fork can easily run a grand. In short, good parts were always important, sure, but now swapping out the parts that you don't like can burn a serious hole in your wallet. You better like the parts that come "stock" on that new bike. So, which component matters most to you? Which part had better be right on the money?