Bike culture: there’s almost no bad bikes nowadays. Or Yes, it does, of course, in certain price ranges, but from ten thousand dollars and up, it is seldom we find something that really sucks.
The fierce competition, the rapid development, and the low margins pressure manufacturers, and the bad stuff go out from the market, sooner or later. In most cases, customers, therefore what they pay for. Sometimes more.
And who is really the customer today? On the black and white era was nearly all that went on with cycle sport cyclists, or former cyclists. It was only about road cycling for men.
But the culture was widened. Tvåhjulsutövarna found out in the Woods and fields, including gravel, rocks, roots and hairy drop-offs. Fitness group grew significantly, the female riders became more and more and more the age range was scattered. Not even the cyclists ‘ wallets have longer similar content. It is expensive for one is a pittance for the other.
Out of the once-homogenous group grew subcultures developed, which in turn became completely new audiences for the industry. What was black or white, expensive or cheap, right or wrong, became instead a matter of taste, individual circumstances and preferences, objectives and purposes.
So, how do you know which bike is best? In fact, it’s rare that we can even agree on the editors. For just as our readers, we are individuals with different interests, desires, experiences, opportunities, strengths, weaknesses, body types, hang-ups and dreams.
Someone likes more stroke together with excellent bike lights, someone would have flatter steering angle. One priority is rigidity and another lightweight. And disc brakes – is it really the solution to everything?
When we find something that is bad, of course we would like to directly tell it, but in many more cases, it ends in an argument of “it depends”. It depends on everything from your style, your goals and your wallet, to ground you ride on.
Sure, for example, make precise measurements on the laboratory stiffness-to-weight ratio, but we often notice that the figures do not have the same value when the whole then meets flesh and blood.
All in all, it would almost seem frivolous if the editors agreed that a single cycle is the best – for all cyclists. And it is therefore not relevant to hand out score or designate test winner.
Our cykeltester have increasingly turned to mediating facts about the bike and the brand name, describe character traits and identify distinct properties, so that you are köpsugen should know what to expect from this particular cycle. We want to tell you the context in which we think the bike is best, how it behaves in different situations and what is the intended audience.
Therefore, much like a vinrecensent describes a bottle of wine and what precisely it fits. Then, if you like a particular country of origin, falls for a particular label, or if you prefer dry, full-bodied, Berry, fruity, expensive or cheap – it only you know.