We’ve been having a little back and forth with one of our bike rental partners today because we were surprised to see on their website that their usual ‘base line’ of Shimano 105 bikes was no longer available. The reason: everyone wants Ultegra mechanical or Di2…and up, these days.
Then the conversations progresses.
We also notice a totally new category of e-road bikes, which we’ve already talked about on Vicious Cycle. Obviously, they are getting a lot more interest in ‘assisted’ bikes, too. I’ve got no further comment on this one till I see it face to face.
Finally – and this shouldn’t surprise me but it does anyway – these guys are also getting many requests for 11-34 and even 11-36 cassettes (which they don’t offer – yet).
I’m torn here. On the one hand, I don’t want to sound elitist by suggesting that people shouldn’t ride the biggest damn cassette they can get their hands on. On the other hand, there are only a certain number of hours in each day, and if I have to guide someone who wants to climb Ventoux with a 36 sprocket, I’ll never make it home for dinner.
A dilemma I never considered when I got into this business.