I agree that, if anything, it's getting cheaper. But think the existence of the expensive options, being right there and heavily promoted, skews everyones perspective.
I disagree. irekon the average bike shop, in order to survive has focused on selling high end bikes. I've ridden Lysterfield for my whole like as the local trail. The average price of bikes there has definitely gone up a lot. Back then it was lots of kmart/bigw bikes (I was on one). These days I can't spot on person on a BSO, folks hanging around in Yetis and intense rigs. I have noticed that the crowd has gotten older though - probably with it the expenditure.
No, only if you enjoy looking and talking about bikes, no, bling, talking to their mates about it and it's pretty. I'd be happy to drop $5k on a MTB but no chance given the standards keep changing. Hence a titanium roadie is more on my hitlist.Does a carbon frame increase your performance by 25%?
Does a $6k bike improve your enjoyment by 50% over a $3k bike
Does a $12k bike make you twice as fast as a $6k bike.
What justification do people have for dropping more than say $4k on a MTB?