2009 Bikes = Down-Graded '08 Models?
So, I've spent a bit of time researching which bicycle to purchase for commuting, and as I've seen 2008 models listed on Web sites, and begun looking at them, it's occurred to me many '09 models (i.e., comparable models made by the same company and sold for about the same price) are "inferior" to their predecessors. Am I right on this?
For instance, the 2009 Bianchi Milano Citta seems to be the current version of the 2008 Bianchi Spillo (Brillante or Rubino). While '08 gave us hub-powered lights and a chain-guard, '09 strips away those features. Non-I.G.H. Specialized Globe bikes, too, have lost their chain-guards.
Am I off, or is this really a way in which bicycle manufacturers are trying to cut costs?