Have you seen how light a modern 26" bike is?
I have modern bikes with disc brakes and full suspension that weigh less than the rigid, canti braked retro bikes that sit next to them in my garage.
From browsing my local shop, and reading the odd review, I gather that a rigid 26" at a price point of 1000 pounds weighs in at about 13 kg (29 lb). Initially I was surprised, but I guess the long travel forks add a kg or so, and the additional cost of the forks means the other components need to be cheaper. It's possible I was looking at 29ers by mistake, perhaps
My rigid 96 Diamond Back Apex weighs roughly 11 kg, without having made much effort to use the lightest parts (hope hub aside). I guess weight isn't all that important anyway, and riders / speccers have figured that out after the 90s weight weenie madness. What different does an extra kg make to a 75 kg rider+bike combo? 1-2% difference in total weight.
My newly purchased Canyon 29er hardtail was exactly 25lbs out of the box, and cost me £1130 delivered to my door.
I'd say I'm 20% faster over every kind of terrain I've ridden so far on the Canyon compared to any of my retro bikes, past or present.
It doesn't make me smile as much, either when riding or simply when I look at it though, as my retrobikes