I'd rather spend less and continue to ride hard enough to crash occasionally. I've learned a lot over the years by taking calculated risks.Putting a scratch on a $10K bike would feel catastrophic. On my 8 year old bike...not so much.Walt
Also, I of course don't believe that the high cost of bikes is the result of the machining cost of 11 speed casettes. It's more a function of economies of scale when compared to cars and also due to demand. Why does Santa Cruz price the Bronson with a RS Pike, XX1, XTR brakes, and DT 240/ENVE wheels at $10,000? Because someone will pay exactly that amount for one.
William, the premium for a "plastic" frame is easily paid for by a few fast laps around the Kettles parking lot.I suppose your comments are fair considering that you'll probably never sell me on a dropper post. At least not until someone makes one that works like I want it to.