Ok, bait-y title, but it’s a real question, I assure you. To flesh it out a bit, do any of the CT writers/staff actually like any new bike development over the last decade or two?
We have #team-tube-inside, or whatever they’re calling themselves, the podcast loves to bemoan how electronic shifting is unnecessary/too expensive/whatever, and now the the SL7 recall, they’re fanning the internet flames of how terrible internal cable routing is. Another trend seems to be groaning about anything new since it’s terrible for the environment. The resounding mood around here is getting increasingly curmudgeon/get-off-my-lawn.
Semi-related tangent: the cable routing/SL7 debacle seems to be more of an excuse to bitch and moan about how much of a pain things are to work on. Do you want bike shops to have a future, or not? At the same time, surely the handy home mechanic can handle the once or twice a lifetime finagling with the hose length to get the front end set correctly. Or do you guys/gals replace your di2 wires every season to keep things clean inside?
Before anyone jumps in to point out all the articles they write on di2, axs, whatever… yes, they cover the industry. I’m not saying they don’t. I enjoy their coverage in general. I am just pointing out that their passion seems to be more around hating on anything that isn’t yesterday’s tech.
Weird place to be for a cycling site.