But honestly, why should I have to?
The answer to this somewhat rhetorical question is that I bought a bikesdirect mail-order bike. It seems that it's just what goes with the territory.
I've had a couple of heated discussions/disagreements with some folks on the MTBR fatbike forum about the Lurch, and bikesdirect bikes in general. Their position is that you get the same quality bike/components that you would through traditional channels, while saving hundreds, if not thousands. I could not disagree more.
I'm not categorically putting down bikesdirect, just the opposite, actually. I just think that with them, you pretty much get what you pay for (which is also the case with the alternatives). And if that's all you can afford, then it's cool that you have this option, as long as your expectations are in check.
I mean, the amount of time and cash I've had to put into this bike so far to make it sort of work for me is pretty substantial. The second half of that equation is that I don't know how everything will hold up, in the long run. Some stuff has already been replaced and more will need to be as time goes on. I'm guessing that I probably wouldn't have had to replace these items had I gone with mainstream brands. And there's no shop to leverage when things get messy - they will help you, but they will charge you. With bikesdirect, you're dealing with a remote mail order house over the phone and however good their service, it's just not as effective as walking into your LBS and working through an issue.
Maybe these bikes will end up being a great deal for some who just want to experience the different models and genres that are out there, without doing a ton of riding, which is great.
For the people that like to ride hard and ride a lot, I'm not sure how these bikes will work out. I can very easily envision the scenario whereby you have more money buried in your mail order bike than you would have had you gone to one the major brands through your LBS and purchased what was right in the first place.
Once again, I am not trying to drag BD through the mud. If they provide the opportunity for people to get on different bikes and try them out for a fraction of the cost of bikes that go through more traditional distribution channels, then I am all for it. For me, though, at this 5 minutes, I can't see ordering another BD bike. I needed to do it this time, and I think I've figured out why I wouldn't do it again.