luckily i'm pretty happy with my fleet, sticking with predominantly retro means that the whole 650b thing is pretty irrelevant!
that said, my second Demon has been ordered and it's a 29er (i finally admitted to myself that that is what it is)
but back on topic, i think the bike trade should as a whole, have a massive rethink.
new models should be available in january and not before, this would mean that bikes would be sold up to xmas for kids at rrp, then discounted afterwards like normal department stores do, meaning a traditional discounting period, then hopefully the dealers can then concentrate on the new model which also would give them from february including spring and summer and autumn to sell the bikes, so the new model would be available for summer but crucially would effectively extend the selling period at RRP for the dealers.
the problem, i think, started when brands always tried to beat eachother getting their new model out, i seem to remember one year that the cheaper giant bikes up to about £400 were available in may but were actually the next year model. crazy.
The short retail year is certainly a contributory factor, and seems ridiculous to me.
I do think it a little sad in parts of what I have read about Atb sales too, Given the longevity of the partnership.
Given something I read that John posted ref the cycle show and the massive increase in Townie style and E-bike market, I wonder if someone will see the Value in a brand Such as Breezer, they have had Huge success in this market segment stateside, add to this the New Repack range and the new wheel sizes, im surprised no one has As yet taken up the brand.
Given ATB sales were the Original importer 2 decades ago, have they given any thought to this as a potential addition to there portfolio, or are they going to concentrate on what they currently have.?
I would have thought given there previous Good business practices and the fact that Now Breezer as a brand now have ASI, there could be some good that could come from a partnership such as this surely.?
Anything has to be better than Evans previous effort surely. There is a brand name there that could see some success here im sure, if carefully grown.
Especially as there must be decent IDs struggling to get decent brands into the stores to compete with the MO giants .
This is not forgetting the good that could be done with the growing Townie market that could also be catered for nicely, also expanding the ATB portfolio without infringing on other product lines currently in place.
I would think food for thought at least...