I'm sure as hell gonna do a decent (non retro) ride when I get there
Yeah because before suspension and disc brakes it was totally impossible to ride off road.
dude, I've been riding mtbs since 85 & in the mountains & on whatever bike I could cobble together before that
more than welcome to tag along with me this sunday to see why I dont ride retro on my local trails anymore
I don't doubt that modern technology makes riding easier or more comfortable, I have MTB's in my garage that range from 1984-2004 so I'm well aware of the difference.
The inference in your post was that you can't have a decent ride on an older bike, which is nonsense. I suspect that a fitter and more able rider than you would kick your a** all over your local trails, even if they rode a rigid bike, just as a less fit and less able rider than you would be left gasping for air behind you even if they rode the best that 2007 has to offer.
Tell you what, instead of me coming to your local trails, why don't you race with me in April on my local trails at my local race... The Hell of The North? The Welsh don't have the monopoly on hills you know, dude.