i believe the RE samples were from the new 650 bikes. which are pristine and machined from scratch. not surprised by that result at all considering all the great reviews they've been getting. of all bikes, RE as a brand has the highest hill to climb due to their reputation. makes sense they do all their due diligence for their new line of bikes.I have to say the entire sample data starts being dubious with RE being on top. Not that I have anything against that brand is just that I would think that the reputation and history of Japanese manufacturers historically show that those had better quality control policies than companies from other regions.