There's a lot of (financial) love for M900 at the moment, but for me personally, back on 1990 as a 14yr old, I didn't aspire to own Shimano (even tho my bike came equipped with such). And really now, I feel the same.
Don't get me wrong, it works better than a lot of other stuff, but cool it is not. It's like having a Ford Mondeo or VW Golf - good at what they do, but nothing that sets your bloody pants on fire, with desire....
To make it cool, surely you would like to part with many wonderful things, for money, or make some sacrifices to own it, and as far as Shimano the brand goes, this isn't really the case is it??
just a tuppence worth from someone who's not an Oracle..
Fair enough ~ So what is cool for you? You must use something?
About the car analogy:
I think there is such breadth in the shimano range that you go right from: Fiat Cinquecento through Ford Mondeo to VW Golf and on to Mercedes-Benz SLK and...
But the analogies break down a bit really because certainly in terms of a bike drive train, it's best if the stuff works together as harmoniously as possible
A boutique grab bag of Ferrari and Lamborghini ain't necessarily gonna get results and could be an expensive way of achieving the opposite
Accordingly the values I prioritise Shimano is cool
~ Personally it's XT for me late '80s to mid '90s
~XTR is somewhat over hyped, over priced and it's grey!
Edit: not that I'm saying XTR is uncool...
But it sells! 'Cos Shimano is cool... Maybe for some XTR is reassuringly expensive?
_________________'89 Specialized Stumpjumper Team
- '8? Klein Mountain Klein (WiP) - '89 Puegeot Scorpion 531 - '90 Look Mi80 - '91 Britsh Eagle something or other XT
- '92 Specilaized Hardrock - '93 Saracen Race Elite
- '93 Specialized Stumpjumper (stolen!) - '94 GT Zaskar LE Frame sold on RB - '95 Univega Alpina 508 XT - '97 Cannonadale Super V 1000 Freeride - '97 Cannondale M900