However, I will partake.
This problem you describe, were things are taken too far and way off the original idea
that they become a complete mess, is common throughout more things than I would like.
For instance, I am an avid cyclist, I love to bike off-road and on-road (bit less fun but still, I appreciate it). The cycling industry is an absolute disgrace. The whole "Bicycle" design is built on marketing and not R&D, sure there is R&D involved but they no longer build things to improve them, they now build them purely to sell them. Of course this has always been a factor involved when "invented" and "innovating" new ideas, now it is all they are concerned about.
Some examples would be the new fad that are "Fat Bikes", which were designed specifically to tackle deep snow and muddy conditions, these types of bikes were used throughout Russia for decades, they have recently came to light in the UK.
The original design consisted of 3-4.5 inch wide rims, with a rigid frame (no front or rear suspension), this was a design choice for pedal efficiency over soft terrain. Now, this is probably the "cheapest" fat bike I have seen, which in all honestly has barely £300 worth of actual components on it
. Why is it so expensive? Because they feel like it, it's hyped up to the point people are willing to pay hands over for shit like this.This is the design the industry is aiming for now
, notice the $5000 price tag. Although the bike has around £1800-2000 worth of components, the rest itself is just the frame. But as soon as you start paying over £3000, it's impossible to get a garbage bike.
The entire industry is like this, it's got to the point now that the whole original design of whatever a bike used to be, is getting lost in what these people call "advancements in technology".
Aluminium replaced steel, high end bikes are using carbon. I have ridden a carbon mountain bike and I would never ride one again, it might be light but you can feel it flex and the bike gives you very little feedback.Hell, you can buy a Di2 Groupset for £2000, full electric gears
. Or, you could just not be an idiot and buy the XT set at a fraction of the price
(which btw, is considered high end).
Gone too far.