On MTBR I started a thread called 'the dark days of MTB.'
Sorry to cross forum-post as I know many here aren't a fan of our VRC brethren. My posts there explains exactly how I feel about the downfall of MTBs in the late nineties, and the OP bike represents everything
I hate about mountain biking:
Obvious DH influence on a cross country machine. I've said, and I will stand by my opinion that DH polarized the market and nearly ruined the sport. It may have ruined racing.
Its personal to me, because what could have been a career in the mid-ninetees for me ended up being an expensive hobby in the 2000s. I'm not bitter, I'm much better off not racing. But I formed strong opinions and associations when I was young, and I cant help but harmlessly throw those around on the internet from time.
I frequent these forums to return to a time before MTB took the nosedive. Scant and I agree on when that occured. If someone else disagrees, then return fire, but dont call someone an elitist or a jerk because they express an opinion on an internet forum. And if your feelings get hurt, come with thicker skin.
Thanks everyone for listening!