It seems like every month I’m reading
a letter about someone being upset about
you reviewing expensive bikes and canceling their subscription. I don’t know if I’m
on the short end of the stick here, but I
don’t mind seeing them reviewed or reading about them. I ride a Yeti SB- 95, and
while it didn’t cost $7000, it wasn’t cheap,
either. I know you do a rider survey every
year, and I would be curious to see the
average price the riders say they spend on
a new bike. Thanks for the reviews ranging
from $899 to $11,999.
The largest group of riders ( 17 percent)
PRICE WARS II
spent between $3000–$3999 on their
new bikes. Surprisingly, next up was
$5000+ bikes at 13 percent. That was
followed by $2500–$2999 and $400–
$800 bikes (tied at 12 percent). $4000–
$4999 and $1500–$1999 bikes were
tied at 10 percent.
I agree the cost of high-end
bikes has gotten crazy. It is the
kind of money I could never
afford, but some people can,
and those bikes are for them.
I think the different wheel sizes,
while maybe not necessary,
give us options, and don’t we
all like options? I can understand
people’s frustrations, but I hope it
does not prevent them from having fun on
Over 15 years ago I started mountain biking and quickly fell in love with the sport.
With a Mountain Bike Action magazine in one hand and my bike in the other, I ate,
slept and dreamed mountain biking.
Now I’m older and spend too much time in the office and not enough on the trail.
However, as I look at my office walls, I realize a need to get some prints of the sport I
love. Do you guys sell prints that I could order so I could frame them and hang them in
San Jose, California
The problem has always been picking the photos to offer as prints, because, in the
past, producing prints was an expensive proposition. That has changed with the digital
age, so your letter gave us an idea. Why not publish a gallery of our favorite shots in a
future issue and let riders pick the ones they want turned into prints? Stay tuned.
their bikes. I started trail riding in the late
1980s on a Murray, upgraded in 1995 to a
Trek 950, and just this year replaced that
with a Specialized Hardrock with 26-inch
wheels. As you can see, my income has
never allowed me to consider a high-end
bike, but over the last 20 some years, I
have enjoyed every one of my bikes and
the opportunities they provided me to get
out in the woods for a few hours, get some
exercise and just have fun. And, isn’t that
what it should be about?