I love bike porn. It's great, and it's like F1 and supercars. It all feeds back down in some way or another. But nobody needs to spend 7K on a bike. In fact, I'd say that overspending on bikes is a good way to kill your hobby. By spending less and trying different frames, or wheels etc, you develop that vital deep-down knowledge of what makes a bike a bike. There's nowhere left to go when you spend £15000 on a bike. That's the cycling equivalent of a full stop.
A high-end carbon bike is fantastic fun to ride, but as an ancient trail guru once said:
'The best bike in the world is the one you're currently riding' (BR 430BC)
Wise words, although clearly he hadn't tried my Giant Stormbreaker. I mean, that was sh*it. Totally Sh*t!