I had this lightbulb go off in my head tonight. And when I got home from the hospital, I started to work on the idea I had.
I'm going to rework this blog in the style of some of my fav web sites; Autoblog, Jalopnik, and WWTDD.com. Only I'll do it for bikes.
Too bad - I'm doing it anyway.
A great man once said; "Let's get to it, shall we?"
New Chumba XCL
The CHUMBA XCL continues to bring in world-wide praise on its unparalleled durability and performance.
Well, I wouldn't doubt those claims for a second - that bike looks great! About a million times better than the last bike I saw from them, the EVO.
The EVO - which is probably a really good bike too - looks like it was pieced together from whatever frame bits were lying aroung the shop that day. I've always thought that a good bike just looks like a good bike. That's a bit of a Madden-esque comment I know, but in all seriousness, when you first saw sloping top tube Rockies and Konas, you just knew in your heart that those bikes worked.
Anwyay, the point of this - it really bugs when some new bike comes along that is really just a rehash of some other design, maybe with better pivots and more advanced and stiffer suspension bits, and it's hailed as the best thing since sliced bread. Because really, what's different about the Chumba XCL, from the Jamis Dakar?
Or the Psycle Works Wild Hare?
Again - not saying that the Chumba is crap (though I can't think of a worse thing to name your company after than a British anarcho-punk band), but don't try to tell me that this bike is revolutionary. Not when the design was made to work ten years ago.