Background: My bike, a Kestrel 200 SCI, was sent back to the factory to get the seat post collar repaired. As long as the frame was being stripped and shipped, I decided to pony up for a much needed paint job. When it comes back to me--sometime next week--it will be transformed from scraped and scuffed white to gleaming mango. I shipped the bike to the factory through my local bike shop.
A salient point: The Kestrel 300 EMS is an identical frame to mine but is made with some graphite in the carbon weave. This makes the EMS stiffer, lighter, and about $1000.00 US more expensive than the SCI.
A factory rep from Kestrel called my LBS last week.
Factory Rep: Was your customer's frame an SCI or an EMS?
Local Bike Shop: Why? Did you lose it?
FR: No. It's back in the paint shop now. It's just that we stripped and primed it, and we don't remember which frame it was. We don't know which decals to put on it.
LBS: Well, I'm not sure. I think it was the EMS.
FR: Yeah. Okay. We'll put the EMS decals on it then. I don't want to insult your customer, and I don't think he'll mind the upgrade.
The upshot: I just got a $1000.00 status upgrade. I am going to be such a poseur!
Postscript: Does it seem like the height of poser-dom to use the French spelling to describe a poser?