They're only about 20 miles away from me, there was a local shop (Sid Mottram's) used to have gorgeous bikes in the window. The 'top of the range' bikes frames in there were built for him by Mercian Cycles, I think the cheaper ones were Holdsworth built (all badged as 'Sid Mottram' Leicester though)
It's a shame isn't it, I think it's probably just that grey or black are the least divisive colours and therefore least likely to sit in stock than say, lime green. It's not necessarily that people actively prefer it over anything else, or that's my suspicion. Your Trek is lovely, but it would be lovelier still in red, or purple, or *something* funky!Why are so many bikes now this matt grey colour scheme? I find them a bit boring, but I guess there must be a very good number of folk who love them.
Something I found when sorting both mine to 9-speed is that the 11-34t and 11-36t cassettes, if Shimano, have some uneven jumps between ratios. But the cassette does come in 12-36t, and this version is pretty smooth right across, and give you two extra teeth to boot!11-34 nine speed on the back
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