I read in amagazine (mountain bike action, august 2007) that bike companies get other part companies to 'downgrade' there parts so the price is low enough to be competitive. I beleive this, it makes perfect sence, but my friend on the other hand doesnt. I'm trying to convince him but the only proof i have is the magazine and thats not enough. maybe you guys could give me a link to somewhere that tells about this or just say stuff that i can convince him with. thanks.