Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/23/2017 5:27 AM

Great show and really insightful, but it’s a shame they try and justify the refreshing of kit every three years as being driven by technological innovation/restraints. That statement is disguised business greed imo. If they kept standards the same, it would be an arguable point, but they change standards deliberately to force sales so it’s clearly b*ll*cks. It's just going to ruin the sport at the mid-level and stop people buying for long periods, so ultimately counterproductive. Messing with standards stops riders from being able to "rolling upgrade" which forces them to buy new frames, forks, wheels etc; this ultimately damages the component market as people are better off buying a new bike as its usually cheaper to start again. I’m still riding a hardtail, with 100mm travel, 3x9, 135 OLD and 26 inch wheels. I don’t need to upgrade as it works fine for me, but I would like to upgrade. However, I’m not spending thousands on a replacement that will have obsolete standards within 3 years, try 10 like my current bike lol. They should spend more on lobbying, trail building, sponsoring and justifiable innovation and less on faux-innovation to line pockets… I guess business people ruin everything in the end.

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