It has taken me a long time to get past my "I have to ahve the latest / greatest" phase for bikes. Now, a lot of that was always fuled by the fact that I was in in the industry and could get stuff relatively cheaply (if not free).
But there is no doubt I was a bike equipment junkie and needed constant fixes. Still having lots of connections within the biz, I was able to keep my addiction fueled for more than a few years. But as time passed and I didn't want to hassle the dwindling number of connections, (and maybe a small dose of maturity), I have learned to just ride what I like. My main road bike still uses first-gen Record 10 carbon levers (circa 2000). My ti bike has an odd mix of Veloce, Chorus and Athena. Never even think about it when I ride that bike. My tt / tri bike this year was a P2 with Ultegra derailleurs and *gasp* a FSA Gossamer aluminum crank. Didn't slow me down a bit.
My race wheels are still a pair of non-dimpled Zipp 404's from ~2004, although I will admit that the wheel bug has bitten me. I'm probably gonna get a pair of 808's or maybe some Enve's this year....but I also know that those wheels WILL mkae a difference in my race times vs. the 404's.
I have never ridden SRAM road stuff and I never wanna touch Shimano again until they redeign those fugly-ass brifters. Campag 11 is dumb....don't need it.
The one good thing about all the idiots buying super-expensive bikes is that there is inevitably a glut on the 1-2 year old market. Manufacturers always overproduce these bikes and they end up getting blown out at some point....see my acquisition of my Shiv TT for $2600 vs. retail of $6100.
Same applies to golf clubs....you can pick up one or 2 year old designs for less than 1/3 of the original retail, brand new.