In an idle moment today I did some window shopping on CRC and worked out what it would cost to replace the current Avid/SRAM/XT setup on my XC bike with XTR.
CRC proudly tell me that if I spent this I'd actually be saving £389. I doubt Mrs. Rusty would be impressed.
It was only hypothetical, but it's somehow left me with the impression that I've got £1200 to spend, having not blown it on Shimano's finest shiny stuff.
I think I'll have to go for a ride on my son's 10 year old GT to get a sense of reality back.