I'm in the fortunate position to be able to afford a new bike, after my Dad left me some money after he died.
But, most of my local bike shops have gone road bike mad, and are now only stocking a limited number of decent mountain bikes. As an example, I went into Evans at Lakeside today, and out of, I'd say 70 bikes on show, there were probably only 10 decent mountain bikes, with a few cheaper Joe Bloggs hardtails with the rest being road bikes.
My brother is after a new Trance X2 (650B!!) and has been told that Giant are concentrating on road bike production, so there won't be one available until February.
How can that be good for the mtb buying public? Clearly the Wiggo effect has boosted Joe Public's desire to hit the road, but I'm concerned this is at the cost of the rest of us who want mountain bikes. If I can't go into a shop to try a bike on for size, or compare against it's closest rival, because it's not in stock, I can only think this will hinder the sales of mtbs, further.