Should we have a £500max-build-a-bike-from-the-classifieds only grouptest?
Now *that* is an awesome idea. Or, y'know, something that combines the aspirational with the down-to-earth - so a high-end frame, built into a bike with a budget in mind. It's how I'd buy a bike these days.
how many of us actually buy the mag for the gear reviews
Me. I was looking for Ti hardtail options a while back, and ST had the most down-to-earth comparisons I could find.
But what is a realistic price range for us for new bikes that we might actually stretch to? £2k-4k? Sure, you can lust after something that's £6k, but at some point you have to settle for what you can afford. It may not look as good, it may not be as good a ride, but it's yours, and you love it.
(Also works when talking to jealous OHs...)