billvon wrote: ↑
Jul 02, 2018 11:25 pm
I would disagree there. Go into any large LBS and take a look at what's available in MTB's for around $1K. There are some pretty good bikes in that price range with SLX groupsets, dropper seatposts and internal cable routing.
Agreed. I remember that a basic entry level Cannondale could be had for a bit more than $300 around 1990. Today you can get that with front suspension for $600. The 1990 bike had a solid front fork, did not have disc brakes, and had fewer gears on the rear cog. This is hardly an exhaustive analysis, but after a quick look it seems that with smart shopping you can still get a decent quality bike at a reasonable price.
As for the absurdly high prices - I seem to recall $6000 road bikes back in the '90s when I paid about $650 for my Trek 1400 (that I still have and ride). That'd be a $12,000 bike in today's dollars. There will always be a market for the extreme and for people who value relatively small but expensive differences.
It always makes me smile a bit when I see some fellow clad in lycra and wearing some team jersey who is riding an expensive super light weight bike while sporting about 20 lbs of belly. If he dropped 15 lbs he'd probably save enough on food (which is actually fairly expensive) to buy a perfectly good $1000 road bike new (or probably $500 used) and would outperform his former self on the more expensive bike, probably feel better, and have thousands of dollars to put away for earlier retirement or something else valuable. But people aren't bipedal computers and we shouldn't be surprised when their behavior reflects that fact. People frequently spend money for reasons that aren't pragmatic or aren't obviously so. That's why companies spend so much on marketing and why most of that marketing is not designed to appeal emotions and not to pragmatic/practical issues. In a world with designer bottled water and $5 cups of coffee, $12,000 mountain bikes make perfect sense.
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