Hmmm. Some interesting points you raise there.
Start with the easy one. Thanks for the positive words about the forum
. It is a little quiet at times but equally it's not really been pushed or advertised. If it grows organically then good, if not, well, I've killed a couple of boring afternoons at work.
As for your other comments I'd have to disagree with some of it. I think you raise a couple of points. Your first about the direction in which the sport is heading is probably skewed somewhat through reading MBUK. If you'd picked up one of the other MTB mags like singletrack you'd have seen riders in kit and on bikes that aren't a million miles away from what you'd have read about and seen ten years ago. MBUK was always aimed at the younger audience. Most of them are into DH and jumping.
Your second point about these rider being soft, well some maybe but equally a LOT aren't. Some of the stuff they do now just wouldn't have been attempted or even possible on bikes around 10 or 15 years ago.
Glad you enjoyed your ride as well. After all talking about kit and bikes is fun, but at the end of the day it's all about using them