The December issue of Men’s Journal magazine features their ‘Gear of the Year’ section, showcasing items it considers the best of the bunch in a variety of categories.Ã‚Â While I normally hold Men’s Journal in very high regard, this has made me rethink just how much the editors might use such products.
Why?Ã‚Â What’s wrong with the Felt F4 SL and Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon?Ã‚Â Nothing, they’re both stellar bikes.Ã‚Â But something else is wrong with this picture…two things, actually.Ã‚Â Click to enlarge, then hit ‘more’ to see the answers if you’re stumped…
Did you get them?
- The suspension fork is installed backward.
- For 2010, Shimano is no longer making Ultegra SL.
OK, so that second one is debatable as being an error, but given that this is end of the year, any new road bikes (ie. 2010 models) aren’t going to be spec’d like the one shown.Ã‚Â The one here is likely an ’09 model.
The bigger issue is the fork.Ã‚Â My guess is they didn’t ride this bike, or they were already at press by the time they figured this out.Ã‚Â Either way, guys, don’t hire the stock clerks from Wal-Mart to build your bikes.
Feature stories and interviews, though?Ã‚Â Top notch.