£30k is a lot for a top of the range Honda Civic £6k is a lot for a top of the range OLED TV £1k is a lot for a Smeg washing machine Basically, if you want the top model, you pay the premium, no matter what the object in question is.
I think we both understand each others intended points. Given that there is no engine on the MTB and the 250 & 450 share chassis' I'm not sure why you think the 450 is a more accurate comparison, unless you can get 40kw+ from your leg muscles....... £6k is a lot of money for a bicycle, no matter how you stir it. I haven't voted on the deal itself, for the record.
Why not compare it to a CRF450? I mean this is the top of the range Cannondale Black Inc MTB, yet you're comparing it to something thats not top of the range from Honda. The CRF450R is £9049., why not compare it to that?
But you stated that it was expensive bike condescendingly? What did you expect? Maybe 10 to 15 years ago when high end expensive bike first became available to the general public is might of been slightly amusing but only once. Reading it on every bike thread again and again is not amusing, insightful or original :D
What makes you think a Fireblade is built any better than the CRF?? They're both mass produced. The current model, non road legal CRF250R is a competition spec machine and is £5799 Over to you.....