I'd hazard a guess to say that bike could handle a whole lot more abuse than it's predecessor, have more travel on the forks than a whole full suspension bike bitd, and not have any bits fall off...
Dirt jumping is one of the most progressive forms of mountain biking and the bikes move forward accordingly - is anyone making the same bikes they did in 1991, with exactly the same tubeset and geometry? I can't think of any
So what is Dirt Jumping then afaik it's big BMXing, I guess MX without an engine. i.e. a track with large jumps placed in it for these bikes and to have some big grins or grazes. I wouldn't call it mountain biking, they might use Mountain Bike inspired bike setups.
Unless you are talking about jumping of the side of rock faces but I would have thought that was something different
But it's not your general sort of riding by the majority I would have thought ? Educate me, I'm completely Modern bike ignorant (well not quite, but anything outside the norm I am, even DH which I do understand) and what the 30+ crowd ride and think is fun nowadays.
FMJ, ah DJ it twigs now, I was thinking music and street dancing sort of thing
No I wouldn't expect them to sell and design bikes around old technology, I cannot see why most people (anywhere near me) would need the longer travel for a lot of what I see them riding but then the manufacturers don't make the shorter stuff for them to fit.
I don't live in big rocky hilly areas with mountains, though I did use
to ride down the sides of Quarries I dare say these would be a lot safer
then my old bikes with MAG/rigids on.
to be fair if they did build around short travel, put a spin on it, they would no doubt sell. People buy what is for sale and are told is good/cool and put up with it
Anyway, still don't like the look of the Yeti, but some of the other YETI's look lush.