My (friendly!!!) 2c.
Think you ought to read my post properly
before replying next time
My point was that I find my 22 lb Yo Eddy and 23 lb Litespeed (both 10 or more years old) to ride quite acceptably. Certainly better than the pipedream to which I was comparing it.
I have practcally lived on a Mountain Bike for nearly 20 years so I am drawing comparisons, not just spouting garbage.
Try something high end and retro. You might like it. I can only imagine you've had 20 years of Raleigh Bombers to form such an opinion.
So you're saying that a 'well used' 21 or 24 speed, cantilever equipped, antiquated suspension toting, heavy dinosaur out-performs my sub-24lb, 27 speed bike with 15 extra years of geometry refinement, an inertia valve equipped fork and hydraulic disc brakes?
If you've been riding for 20 years then you'll know angles on 'race bikes' such as that specialized you have have moved on very little over 15 years.