I would like to start a thread that poses some rather philosophical questions. It is not intented to criticise in any way the opinions or tastes of any members. Just a nice string of ideas.
My bike costs about 1600$. It is very likely at the moment that i cant push my bike to its limits (yet...). Looking around at prices etc i come across stuff like TiTus exogrid frames 3500$ for frame only, Cerotta 3000$ frame only and so on. On the same basis we have cranks that cost 1000$ (colnago) and so on. My idea is that apart from being a pro in need of every possible fraction of a second in a race ,every equipment from a certain level and beyond is just marketing for us (do we need XTR? NextLP? Titus Exogrid?) . The same of course goes for many consumer products...but i am a biker,this is a bike forum so bikes it is. Do we really need anything more than a good frame (up to 1000$) a good fork (500$) and a package of good components?(XT class). I know that many of us buy stuff for hype (me too...) its not bad...but recently i read an irritating article that proposed that half my bike needs overhauling after 6 months....and the article was intended for normal riders and not huckers pros or anything else..... i got the impression that they wanna get inside our pockets really good. Its business i agree...but up to a limit. We should consume...support the bike business...but not go to the extreme and pay the bills for high class executives that do marketing ploys.
Ok that was me....just chatting around...hopping this is interesting opinion to share... now i must go back to my studies...