Marx wrote:Similarly to working in a bike shop. - Surrounded every day by lovely new bikes & the latest cool new accessories, but not able to ride & use any of it (unless you buy it obviously).
So working in the bike shop attracts those who aren’t that mad-keen on bikes as a whole.
Just a theory….
Nup. Every so often I get to catch up with people from other bike shops (in fact, just about to head off to the 2012 Shimano product launch), and I can assure you, the passion is there.
Sure, the anti-Giant attitude is also there, but I'd say it's jealousy on the part of the non-Giant dealers 'cos it's so much harder to sell a comparitive quality bike at a substantial price premium. That's the perk of them being the world's biggest bike builder; they ship so many of the things (and do all their own manufacturing, so don't have to pay someone else to build frames, unlike a lot of others) that the economy of scale allows them to sell at lower prices (or better spec for the price) than most of the opposition.
I work in a shop that sells Giants, just in case you didn't already know. We've had other brands in over the years, and it's hard to sell them when they're alongside Giants, regardless of how good they are.