Now, now; one mans shit is another mans sugar-coated turd!
Anyone who has worked in a bike shop will know that your average 'Joe Public'
just isn't interested in owning even a mid-end mountain bike let alone a high-end one...
All they're concerned with is whether they like the look of it and how cheap it is;
My next door neighbour looks over the fence as I'm building mine on the patio (purple Kili Comp currently on the work stand...)
and says 'Ooh, I like that one...' but when I tell him he can have it for £250 he points to his Apollo and says 'This only cost me £99 ten years ago and it's got front suspension!'
Bearing in mind he's the same height as me but weighs 22 stone then we all know that as soon as he sits on the bike he ain't got NO
suspension left, but try telling him that!
Add to that the fact his bike must weigh at least 40lbs - but he likes it!
It's the same with the Activator - it served it's purpose, plenty of kids were happy with theirs (I would have been when I didn't know any better...)
and they deserve their place in the history of our hobby (for that is ultimately all it is after all)
In all due seriousness I'm genuinely considering building myself a replica Activator using, say, a Columbus tubeset just for the hell of it and kitting it out in XT M735 and Mag 21's...