I'm only 19 and I often ride rigids on trails, but I do notice that people my age buy bikes based on what others will think about them whilst riding, no matter whether it's good value or quality. It's all about the name
As a 20 year old university student you should see the looks I get when I bring out my 1994 Mtrax ti 1000 at university club rides.
However the last time we went to Cannock chase I was 3rd fastest out of 7 and amazed the secretary and captain who though i'd never manage the stegosaurus
It's also the second lightest bike there only the captains carbon fiber wonder is lighter.
I still like MBUK for kit reviews on clothing, lights, bars etc so I still buy it
1988 raleigh Cobra (always falling apart), 1993 Raleigh Mtrax Ti1000 (in bits),