Whilst out riding today, Ian and I had a lengthy discussion about the merits of plain old Deore kit. Ian was riding a mostly Deore equipped Ricky Martin demo bike, and I was on my trusty Craftworks. We came to the general consensus that Deore is pretty damn good, and there is no need to spend the extra on anything “better”.
After a moments contemplation, we both realised that our personal bikes are pretty much exclusively XT or XTR equipped with Hope providing the hubs. All I have in the way of Deore is the hubs and cranks on the Craftworks. Ian doesn’t even have that.
Time to face facts, we are bike snobs who quite happily pay the extra for XT or even XTR in cases.