Sounds entirely like the guys on fully tooled up Specialized full sussers who sneered at my 1994 Lava Dome.
That because they would be the sort who bought a Specialized full susp to compliment their specialized roadbike and specialized lycra when they went to the specialized concept store.
I have nothing against the majority of cyclists, be they tarmac or mud based, however the sort who go paying big money for mundane branded bikes (specialized- the vauxhall of the cycle world) just because it came from a "concept store" annoy me more than they should.
Them and tokyobike!
That's a bit unfair on Specialized...they've made some pretty damn good bikes. The Enduro in 05 changed things loads and was a fantastic bike, as is the current Demo. I don't think you could say that about any Vauxhall.
Admittedly they're not the sexiest brand out there, but even the limestone of Santa Cruz, Orange and Yeti are pretty mainstream and ten a penny.
I think its the rider not the bike that's bad....I come across loads of idiots on Orange Fives (all the gear, but no technical ability whatsoever).
2015 Stanton Ti Switchback
2006 Specialized Demo 8
2013 Specialized Allez Sport
1999 Santa Cruz Chameleon
1994 Cannnondale Beast of the East (rebuild still in progress)