Not all - both me and my brother, and other people I've known, had no true interest in cars or motorised stuff. For us, at least, cars / motorbikes and the like, came about partly when older because of being able to afford them, and partly out of necessity.
Indeed, there were people like you guys, and myself, in the 70's, but we were in the clear minority in a decade when motorised transport was highly aspirational.
And even among us ranks of enthusisats, who would choose perfectly decent and workmanlike Suntour if we could afford perfectly secy and tasty XTR or XX? Enthusisatic cyclists generally want the best they can get, not the merely adequate.
I never sought out top end kit - neither BITD, nor now - I'm simply not a top-end cyclist.
I ran a bike with decent Suntour kit BITD, and I do use Suntour kit now.
I'm a big fan of perfectly decent and workmanlike. If I was an elite cyclist, no doubt I'd seek to kit out everything I have / use in top-end kit, but I'm not and I don't - nor ever have done.
I heart Suntour stuff. Ain't that just so twee, me and Suntour, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.
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