Cheers! I was thinking the same about it being an exaggeration.
The issue is that I took my bike to a mechanic for a general tidy & tighten up going into the winter and he told me that the rear freehub could do with replacing as it was creaking/rattling. I had actually noticed that creaking for ages but thought it was the gears - now I know why my adjustments weren’t going anywhere. Anyway, I told the guy that the freehub was only replaced a few months earlier. So he took the thing apart and said he knows, 100%, that it’s not a new freehub (and why etc…).
I called the shop mechanic who did the initial work, telling him that the creaking sound had been there right from the first ride after I picked up the bike from him (thinking it was the gears). He immediately asked, “Did you have the bike out in the rain?” and when I replied that I had, but only twice, he started hitting me with the ‘one day in the rain’ theory, and reasons why those wheels are supposedly crap, and then asked if I had put mudguards on. I told him I did (but in hindsight almost immediately after saying it, I remembered that I had taken them out but not put them on). I didn’t get the time to correct myself, though, as he then let me have the ‘water off the guard and into the freehub’ theory. He never actually directly answered my question of ‘Surely a wheel manufacturer wouldn’t put out a wheel that shit that if it’s out in the rain one day it’s needing replaced/repaired?’ apart from saying the wheels are crap, how many he’s had to fix in the last year, and the two rain theories a couple of times.
The bike was initially left in as when freewheeling the pedals were turning as well. The mech who did that work told me that the freehub had siezed and I would need a replacement. Then… as above.
What y’all think?