People sometimes accuse me of India-bashing, but the reason that products like these (and the attitudes that created them) make me angry is that there is no reason why it should be that way. I refuse to accept the reasoning that: "Oh this is India, come on--that's how it is" and will, within reason, hold India to an international standard.
I say "within reason" because, with bikes for example, we don't have a mass culture of active bike racers. So maybe our racing frames or downhill frames may not be that great. But why should our regular frames be any less well-designed than a frame designed in the US or Italy? Are our engineers incapable of applying sound design priniciples? I refuse to believe that.
My take is that these bikes are the unfortunate result of sudden globalisation. We have suddenly, after years of staid single-speed, steel unsuspended bikes suddenly been opened to the possibility of suspension, gearing and aluminium and so, the aesthetic has swung to the extreme, just as a baroque period will follow one of minimalism.
What's scary is that these aren't products to put on a mantelpiece, but things that our children will ride and entrust their lives to. Things that can change our health and happiness (even our cities), provided they don't explode on contact with a pothole. Can you imagine the effects of metal fatigue on those frames? They'll probably eviscerate you if they fail.
God, I'm still looking at them in horror. Can you imagine curving a front fork so much it needs extra struts to brace it? Or is that some kind of suspension?