I was in a local bike shop yesterday and had some time to kill, so I had a look at some of their better bikes. There was a really nice Giant, I think it was a Defy SL-0, decked out with Dura-Ace DI2 and Hydraulic disc brakes. I could imagine riding that, even the disc brakes, but there is one thing that spoils the whole picture.
There is a little box - it looks like an electronic controller - strapped onto the stem! I have no problem in general with hanging something from my stem, but on a $10,300 bike with otherwise elegant lines? What's up with that? If I was spending $10,000 on a bike I don't want something kludged on the stem. At least put a cowling on it, or better yet out of sight. It just feels wrong to spend 10 grand on a bike, get it home, and the first thing you want to do is a DIY fix for some sloppy design.
Does anyone else feel like this is a deal-killer? Or are my expectations too high for top end bikes?