Frame/Bike Design: What do you want?
I'm an industrial design student at Metro State College of Denver in Colorado working on my last year there. For one of my classes, we are working with Advanced Sports Inc (Kestrel specifically) on designing something new for them based around their RT 900 and 800 series bikes. However with the liberties of the class, this includes anything that relates to their bikes as well (components, frames, accessories, etc).
And because of this, I need research on what actually the market looks like, and I'd like your help.
I'd love to get some feedback from you Road race/TT/Tri guys and girls on your preferences.
If you wouldn't mind, please tell me a little about what you like/dislike in your bike, the market, the trends....whatever. Something specific you'd like to see in the 2011 models? Road bike with more aero? Tri with more stiffness? Integrated cup-holders for a Big Gulp? Full ceramic bearing sets standard? Accessories? Shapes? New geometry?
I mean be as broad as you like, and don't limit your response to hardware. Maybe you want new colors of carbon? Or a burlap sack covered saddle?
I'm just trying to get a feel for what people want/don't want. Because i'm kind of at a loss since I'm only a weekend rider with an old steel frame (1977 Falcon Olympic for those interested), so my experience/knowledge is very limited.
So please have at it. I'm looking for honest answers from real riders so that I know where to start.
Thanks in advance.