OK that's cool agreed
However, it's not an MTB groupset
I'll also bet the tubing used lacks any of the mechanical properties required for serious off road use
I'm sure it's made of Prestige.
But if we can agree on an image of cool, then the next job is to work out how much of the Shimano range could make such a claim.
Early XTR? Yep. Deerhead stuff: why not? 600 headset with the beveled lockring? Oh yes. Even though I've missed a bunch more cool examples, they still can't outweigh the vast abundance of servicable, mediocre, ubiquitous stuff associated with the brand.
So overall, too much:
not enough Miles.
Now this is interesting because I agree with you, right up to the point where you make the judgement that they are uncool
All the 'get you to work OK' mediocrity is produced not under a sub-brand it's Shimano, this while also being responsible for properly cool stuff makes them even cooler in my book
To me late 80's early '90s the LXs and upwards are cool, up to mid nineties STX RC and upwards after that I'm not paying close enough attention!
Stuff I care about gets XT for the drive train at least and nothing not in the range I mentioned for other components
I don't want or desire the mundano does the job OK kit - it goes on bikes that I sell as reliable transport
But Shimano haven't lost their edge in the high end for making all that stuff
Try to come up with a parallel exaple? very hard indeed
Shimano's upper echelon stuff is cool, therefore Shimano are cool in my judgement
And the fact that even the Shimano haters use the stuff at least in part, well it's a unique situation
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