Ron Ruff says...
>Did you miss the word "mostly"?
Nope. Sounds like the typical generalization with a back door out.
>An example of "mostly esoteric". I have a nice road racing bike that
>cost $3,000 new, and a $300 MTB with a rigid fork and slicks. Weight
>difference is at least 8 pounds. My TT times (no aero equipment) are
>1-2% faster on the road bike, and I think most of that is probably due
>to position. I would put that in the "esoteric" range for somebody who
>is just riding around.
I doubt that would be considered a typical road vs MTB TT comparison when the
road bike costs 10X. I've heard racers claim a larger advantage when riding
their TT bike compared to their road bike. Didja check to see if the brakes
were rubbing on your road bike? Hey, if it happened to Lance, it could happen
to you. Or maybe you forgot to air the tires on your road bike... Maybe you
should put aero bars on your MTB for your next TT since that would negate the
positional advantage of your road bike. That would be a hoot.
>Some of the more expensive components will be more durable and longer
>lasting... but many on the market are even *less* durable.
Stop generalizing and be specific. I've got a friend that races on an
Ultegra-equipped Team Fuji. It broke in the middle of a stage race this spring
so he borrowed my DA-equipped bike, thinking it was also Ultegra. Within 2
blocks of neighborhood riding, he was commenting about how much better my
components performed, citing the shifting and braking. How's that for esoteric?
Go ahead and ride a 500 buck rig if you think there's no advantage to more
expensive stuff. It's no shirt off my back. You deserve to have freedom of
choice, even when you're wrong.