I purchased a great book about 30 years ago that covered the master bicycle builders of the world. An interesting observation made by the author was that the typical American rider and constructor were equipment freaks! We seem to be obsessed with having the most technical advantage possible. The typical European rider, on the other hand consentrated on training (hours riding) and the builders on reliability (hours ridden). Rattling off an impressive list of trick parts is something we enjoy and a part of our sport. That covers most of us, The really fast guys RIDE, RIDE , RIDE.