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Quality Gear is Cheaper Than Ever

QUALITY GEAR THAN EVER ** * * * IS CHEAPER * ***k ** It's easy to complain about rising prices on your favorite gear items, but the truth is, you're getting more for your money now than ever before. Despite the eye-watering prices on some high-end road bikes, developments in technology and manufacturing have trickled down over the years, making affordable what was once revolutionary. Here, a look at just how much bang you get for your $3,000 to 4,000 bucks, with then-and-now pricing adjusted for inflation, 1990 to today. All five of the bikes featured below have been awarded Gear of the Year in Outside's Buyer's Guides 1990-2015 Shimano introduced the STI levers to integrate braking and shifting. 1990 1990 |Allez Epic Dura-Ace SPECIALIZED SPECIALIZED Now $3,948 Then $2,169 20 pounds Carbọn with aluminum lugs Like today's high-end bikes, the Specialized had carbon tubes and Shimano Dura-Ace components. But for roughly the same price, a modern bike will have integrated levers to combine braking and shifting and a full-carbon frame. Eight Shimano Dura-Ace 1995 SR900 cannondale Now $3,433 Then $2,199 19.4 pounds Aluminum The SR900 was a road bike with one very peculiar feature: a suspension fork. The design yielded a more compliant ride and racers could lock it out for sprints and climbs. In many ways, this bike is the direct ancestor of today's do-it-all gravel grinders. O Eight Cycling's governing body instituted a 15.99-pound weight minimum for bikes and other regulations intended to maintain the "traditional pattern" of bike design. 2000 2000 5200 TREK 5200 Now $3,620 Then $2,620 19 pounds Bonded carbon fiber Lance Armstrong rode the same frame to his first Tour de France win. Nine Though the frame wouldn't be out of place in today's peloton, it has fewer gears and is less aerodynamic than today's high-end machines. 2005 CR1 Pro Centaur 5 SCOTT Now $3,389 Then $2,782 17 pounds Carbon fiber The CR1 Pro was one of the lightest frames ever produced when it was introduced, weighing 980 grams. The lightest frames today weigh 690 grams. Ten 2010 Archon C3 LITESPEED Now $3,273 Then $3,000 17 pounds Carbon The noticeably flat tubes on the Archon made it exceptionally aerodynamic, excellent for working up serious speed on the flats and downhills. Ten Shimano Pro teams are permitted to test disc brakes during professional road racing for the first time. 2015 2015 Grade Carbon Now $3,580 Now $3,580 18.9 pounds Carbon The Grade Carbon is designed to excel on smooth and rough roads. The frame features clearance for Eleven wider tires, is designed to flex for comfort, and features disc brakes for added stopping power. Sources: Specialized Bicycle Components, 1990 Catalog; RetroBike.co.uk. 1995 Catalog, VintageCannondale.com. 2000 Trek 5200; 2005 Scott CR1 Pro Centaur 20-Speed; BicycleBlueBook.com. ** Litespeed Archon C3; Outside Magazine, 2010. Grade Carbon Ultegra; GT Bicycles. Bicycle History Timeline; International Bícycle Fund. The 6.8kg Limit; Cycling Tips. The UCI and WFSGI study the introduction of disc brakes to professional road cycling; Union Cycliste Internationale, 2015. TREK SCOTT LITESPEED

Quality Gear is Cheaper Than Ever

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Comparing the relative price vs features ratio of classic bikes through the ages with lots of interesting facts along the way.

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