Here's what we all wanted to see
We asked on social media “What things are you hoping for from bike companies in 2018?” We combined your answers with some of our own desires.
Some were fanciful, some were funny, some were deadly serious, some were likely, some were pipedreams. And technically it’s already too late for MY2019 but if we see some of these things being teased sometime soon, we’ll all be happier.
1. Cheaper stuff
Somewhat inevitable but the common call for lower prices was often tempered with a voice of reason along the lines of ‘not-cheap is fine but things have become ridiculous of late’.
2. No new standards
Wheel sizes, hub widths, bottom brackets, headsets (oh god, headsets), thru axles, tyre widths and everything else. It’s a wonder we haven’t all given up mountain biking completely when faced with the past few years’ madness.
AKA marketeers go home. There’s only so many times you can read the following clichés: ‘longer, lower, slacker’, ‘laterally stiff, vertically compliant’, ‘lighter and stiffer’, ‘climbs light a short travel bike, descends like a DH bike’, ‘corners on rails’, ‘linear then progressive’.
This wasn’t just an eco voice of going green (although there were plenty of statements along those lines) but it was combined with a desire for things to last longer and/or be home-serviceable. Less throwing stuff in the bin when it wears out after a few months’.
5. Shimano 12 speed
In the camera world Canon are lagging behind Nikon after many years of being in the lead. You can draw parallels to Shimano and SRAM in the MTB drivetrain market. Shimano had to do something significant. Even their biggest fans were eyeing up Eagle. Well, in May we got confirmation that 12 speed Shimano was happening; read our Shimano XTR M9100 review.
7. Accurate weights
If the mountain bike industry thought that the weight weenies had zipped off to ride road bikes, think again! We had loads of folk piping up on our social media channels angry about the erroneous weights stated against bike components.
8. Voice activated droppers
Well, if you don’t ask…
9. Electronic Eagle
Some folk are never satisfied are they? Not happy with SRAM Eagle’s huge gear range and impressive shifting performance, people now demanded introduction of electronic (and ideally wireless) shifting to the Eagle remit. Blimey! You never know though, SRAM are most definitely on it.
10. Shorter longer dropper posts
ie. longer travel dropper posts that can fit into the same space as shorter ones. Ideal to fit inside all the frames that have pivots half way up the seat tube.
11. No more MY
Quit using model years. Bring stuff out when it’s ready. Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken.
12. Sponsorship for trail advocacy
“We can’t look after the trails and improve access without the support of the industry.” What has trail advocacy ever done for us?
13. No more cable routing as an afterthought
As it says really.
14. Kill pressfit to death
The people have spoken. Make that shouted.
15. Anti theft trackers fitted as standard
You never really get over the loss of a loved one it seems.
16. Better bearings and bigger bolts
Hello? This is the real world calling. We’re fed up of rounded-off bolts (mech hangers are the worst culprit these days) and sloppy knocky bearings.
17. Moar online bike builderz
Seems no one likes riding around on a bike that’s exactly the same as someone else’s. The ability to choose and tweak the finishing kit of your new bike goes down a storm with punters. Orange have always been good at it. Now Specialized are getting involved. There’s bound to be more coming along.
A small but passionate cry for some thinking outside of the box. It would great to see some bold companies addressing the bigger, elephant-in-the-room issues of mountain biking (derailleur drivetrains, steering geometry etc) rather than just perennially tinkering about with the peripheral parts.