thetret - I understand, I personally think people should ride whatever they are comfortable on and they enjoy. I ride for the fun. It has always been just about my favorite thing to do. I worry more about riding and less about the bike. When I got my GF Mt Tam 29 in '02 it was actually my brother's influence. He is a bike nut and talked me into it. It had the top of everything in '02 and its all held up. Deore XT components, all RACE or RACE light. I love my bike. But these new ones make your jaw drop!
At least the Moots I saw at the shop. It was set up perfect to my eyes and I could actually see 6,000 dollars when I looked at it....6,000 dollars that I don't have for a bike though.
So I just ride my old GF 29er and enjoy it. Going to ride it till the wheels fall off