By any logical
arbitary standard, the guitar by far.
That guitar comes fitted with excellent components offering contemporary stage standard performance, and is decent quality despite its killer price. In a sentence, it punches way above its retail price point. Y'know, the kind of thing we'd like to see and should expect from Hornby rather that the all too characteristic obverse.
The price of the guitar is reflective of how it is marketed in that every man and his dog isn't being stood a free drink on the way to the consumer happy not to have an associative cult/famous name decal on the headstock. OTOH any generic pushbike at that price point is simply indisputable junk. But then you already know that.
Just as you should already know that those who buy rubbish clunkers don't ride them regularly if at all after the "it sounded like a good idea at the time" five minutes of enthusiasm is rapidly brought to brook by the reality that traversing mountain singletrack or regularly riding distance at pace is really, really hard work, rendered between impossible at the first gradient to completely unenjoyabe bordering on unsafe on a heavy rubbish componented unreliable clunker. OTOH I'd play that well built and decent spec guitar. It's 100% stage giggable loaded with quality components.
That guitar is useable for purpose
and represents value. The pushbike at that pricepoint isn't and doesn't.
FTR I currently own and ride regularly
every alternate day, five bicycles. I'm my own spanner. Been doing it since I was knee high. Current inventory. Two roadies -a venerable steel conventional Triathlon running Superbe & composite compact Endurance105 5700, two hardtails
and a dualie
. Riding to me isn't wobbling 500 metres down to the local on for a packet of fags.
I ride with purpose for fitness and enjoyment, 40-50km every alternate morning and usually mtb-ing an afternoon once a fortnight. Weekends I do a social group roadie 80km.
Now you might, but I woudn't choose to ride a junk bike. And you know why if you know bikes anywhere near as well as you claim to.
Comfort and performance are critical factors to cut that distance at pace. Labels don't matter. Quality & reliability does. Every component on any bicycle in that price segment is junk which wouldn't stand up to the distance or everyday riding for long. Worse, the rider certainly wouldn't.Junk isn't value at any price
. That's what Hornby is trying on with Railroad dross, and that doesn't fly with me either.