The magazines portrayed mountain being more as just a product you baught or a scene that you were buying into,
30 years ago I rode a self-modified, low performance "klunker," built on a 40-year old frame from a junkyard. These days I am blessed with all the latest technology, long travel suspension, hydraulic disc brakes, gears low enough to climb a tree. My current bike would have been a cartoon drawn by a teen-age boy "back in the day."
I don't know that I'm having any more fun now than I did then. The fun is riding with your friends, and now and then pushing the envelope of what and where you ride. The only difference is that the envelope is bigger now.
And my current bike seems to require one hour of shop time for every hour of riding.
My book, Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking
is at your bookseller and on Amazon