chuckmo mikekazimer's article
Aug 28, 2018 at 19:28Aug 28, 2018
Burning Question: Is Super Boost 157 Spacing Going to Become the New Standard?
In 2005, you could get an XT class full suspension bike for 2500$. The similar class bike has now tripled in price when the inflation has increased by 30% for the same time period. New standards sinks the resale value of your bikes and makes them obsolete and non upgradable and drive this non sustainable cost increase of bikes. If you want MTB to be your family sport these days, 4 XT class bikes will cost you 25K CAD which is half the disposable income of the average families in Canada. I'm not too sure where the bike industry is going, but having new standards every month is not helping democratizing the sport. In the aerospace business, we drive our supply chain to follow inflation....or less. What the bike industry need is a good kick in the ...beeep.... Their creativity should be focused on cost reduction instead and getting the right design out the first time. We don't redesign an airplane every 2 years for crying out loud. It simply will not survive in the long run. And I haven't spoken about suspension manufacturers recommending 100+$ overhaul on forks, shocks and droppers every season. Makes it times 4 for the 4 family bikes mentioned above! I don't remember the last time I had to change shock oil and seals on my car's shocks! This is one of the biggest unspoke scam in the industry and somehow no one seems to complain about this. It is a sad thing, it is such a nice sport.