I'm talking about the components. I mean they look like they've better value, but I can't really tell. E.g. Shred 2005 has a DJ fork, Alex rims, Altus rear derailler. The Scrap 2004 has an XC fork, Sun Ditch Witch rims, and an acera. The difference is 50 bucks, CDN (suggested msrp) the scrap being higher. Which has better value? Considering Alex rims aren't as good as ditch witches (I think) and the r/derailler is alot down the food chain. Is the extra 50 bucks worth the scrap? (I've already a bike, just wondering about comparisons, plus I paid 702.65, so I've no remorse ).
Same goes with the xc bikes. They seem to be cutting down on costs on parts that people don't notice as much on the low price range bikes and beefing up the more noticed parts (e.g. fork).
The cross country bikes have quite a bit of a change for the better, for example the fire mountain. Last year, for 650, you didn't get discs, you got the mz comp, you got acera/alivio. This year for 750 you get the mz comp, alivio/alvio and discs, not to mention better rims I think!
Marketing strategies + psychology?
But...I like the 2004 colours more.