tautologies wrote:The funny part is that every time I see someone explain that if only one company made a bar that everyone used...then they come up with their desired requirements...and they are different from everybody elses..and we're back to square one.
I like that the bar I use.... There are a lot of small things I would almost go so far as to say I would not want to be without.....
....only reason why prices aren't falling now though is that it would make it unsustainable to produce the bars.
Let's use our friends at Switch as an example.
They are selling a ton of bars......Wanna know why?
BECAUSE THEY COST LESS......A LOT LESS.
Not because they are the best made bar, or the bar that satisfies all the little details that you say "you would not want to be without".
My suggestion about an independent making a kick ass bar for cheap, in a large volume, and at a cheap price....would obviously require that they start with somewhat deep pockets.
Also, that they make something that has most of the bells and whistles that have become what we expect these days.
They could also have a few options like Ocean Rodeo who has three versions of their bar.
After a year or two, when they have sold a ton of bars, the economy of scale would be sustainable and they could keep making bars at a profit, for less than the prices that many of us agree, are too high now.
This follows one of your favorite scenarios of less companies out there producing kite gear!
Only in this case, I'm suggesting that somebody (a company like Shimano for instance) who is already very experienced with mechanical expertise, and has already produced products that require plastic molding, cold forging, CNC milling/machining, casting, and so on... go after this niche of the kiteboarding market, like Shinn does with kiteboards.
Just a thought that will likely never happen,..but it might be cool if it did.