Today on Ride.io we have guest writer Alex Farmer. Comparing x2 Kona Lava Dome models 20 years apart.
Alex has experienced the cycle industry as a consumer and for the last 5 years as a bike shop co-owner.
He’s had it with people asking him “Why are bikes so expensive these days?”
So he’s come up with a nice test to answer that question.
Words by Alex Farmer
Bike Shop- The Framed Bicycle Co in Llanberis, North Wales.
The bike industry isn’t out to get you…. I’ll prove it!
TEST- 2018 Kona Lava Dome VS 1997 Kona Lava Dome
I understand that to get a decent off road ridable trail bike you really need to be spending well over £500. So I’ve chosen to compare the same model 20 years apart.
The 1997 Kona Lava Dome
The 2018 Kona Lava Dome- RRP -£599
So what are the differences between the bikes?
Well the most obvious, visually are the wheels, a lot of changes have happened in the last 20 years one of them being the many different wheel size options. The young’un bicycle came with 29er wheels giving, with a huge benefit, increased rolling speed and the ability to plough through small obstacles a lot easier than its 26″ ancestor.
When you buy a bike your not just paying for the metal, rubber and air in the tyres. Your Paying for the time, knowledge and effort that company has put into that bike. Whether it be a £599 Kona Lava Dome or a full spec 10K DH bike. Your money is being re invested by bicycle manufactures.
So next time that thought pops into your head… Think would you rather be riding a rigid bike with crappy brakes, which will eventually end in arthritis. Or would you rather support the progression of our industry, and enjoy disc brakes, suspension, and not be crippled!
My advice is to get out and have fun. If you have the money to get the best bikes, great. If not, there is a huge selection of great cycling brands offering amazing value bikes. That, thanks to modern technology, could realistically ride 85% of trails in the UK.