I love the look of the Remedy but for riding, gap, bunya, and hiddenvale have you thought about the Fuel? The Remedy has become a lot more downhill focus the last couple of years and I just think the Fuel would be more suited to riding those places.
I reckon in the long game Shimano plans to bring the consumer sales back. They have lost too much OEM goodness that no one needs their consumables so they need to focus there for now before it's too late. If only they bought a fork manufacturer to be able to compete with SRAM for oem.
My previous reply was just sarcasm but the math still doesn't add up based just on inflation with the numbers OP quoted.
The RRP quoted at the start was $3500 AUD in 2018 vs $4500 AUD now.
$3500 in 2018 USD at 0.8 rate is $2800
$4500 in 2019 USD at 0.7 rate is $3150
Even taking into account...
No they just went up less.
Here's how it works. When the dollers good, we have heaps more to spend so they only put it up a little to cover double inflation. When the dollers bad, they put it up a lot to offset the less number of people buying. It's not that hard people. Basic Mafs.