Mountain biking has gone off the scale in terms of the pricing... I sold my mountain bike earlier this year as I thought it was becoming to middle class and full of the mimby pimby brigade! I also totally fell out of love with it and had and still have no motivation to cycle at all.. Have hardly ridden a bike this year! First time I have been without a mountain bike for about 18 years..
Granted I mainly rode trail centres due to the group I used to ride with.. But I was at Glentress the last time I used the MTB, I was riding the pump track and came round a corner to find a family sat at the trail side with bike left on the path.. I cycles round them and never said a word.. I was followed down the track (unbeknown to me) by the parents and told I was a " stupid idiot for riding so fast off road, I was a danger to myself and others".. I promptly pointed out they shouldn't be stopped there and got told to "watch my back"....
Another visit I was riding down a rocky section minding my own business and passed a group all admiring the rocks, I was give a mouthful of abuse for not "ringing my bell, going to fast and not taking there safety into consideration"... I didn't even stop to argue! I couldn't be bothered anymore!
The price of bikes and components is shocking aswell, I purchased an Orange 5 pro in 2009 for £2500, I really like this bike and wish if never sold it, so I though I'd price one up again... £3500 for the same bike.. With worse components... Really? Have they started to roll the turd in glitter?? Because you definitely haven't changed that much!
I'm really struggling to justify buying another mountain bike with the prices and specs on offer.. However, if people pay the prices... The manufacturers will continue to charge essentially whatever they damn well please!
Don't even get me started on the clothing.. £60+ for baggy over shorts.... Really? Shorts used to be £30, tops were maybe £20-£30.. What the hell happened to the prices.. Cycling glasses... How much?
Ok people don't have to buy it.. But they do because they read it in a magazine!
It's a conspiracy I tell u... We are a marketing mans dream!
What's next? 650b and 7/10ths?