Yup, They look 'orrible!!
My 11yr old stepson is in need of a new mtb as he is outgrowing his current pseudo mtb. He wants something light and ..no suspension forks!! - My influence does rub off on him then
You have a look around his school and every single mtb is a modern job.. all covered in stickers and ruddy great susp forks. Trying too hard..it's NOT a motorbike!
Its quite interesting because our budget is £100 and I'm looking at,generally speaking, pre 1999 18"models as susp wasn't so prolifically slapped on everything with 2 wheels before then and mostly steel frames. the componentry also stands a chance of not being cheap cack too..Retro logic wins the day. Maybe it's my bias towards 'what you know' but there's nothing I've seen so far that's modern that fits the criteria I describe above.
So my disdain for modern bikes continues..'til I actually ride one and be 'Wowed' by its prowess. Pig ugly looking things IMO