I've been riding a geared, full-suspension 26er mountain bike for three months now. It is not ridiculously heavy. It is not lightening fast. It has nine different gears, which are eight more than a singlespeed, and two fewer than the latest trick componentry. Its suspensions is around 140mm, which can handle most trail things but not, I imagine, massive hucking. It seems from my inexperienced view to be a competent but uninspiring machine.
Despite its stolid capabilities, I struggle to feel comfortable with it.
My new bike has 26" wheels. A few die hards laugh and say a good rider can ride anything, but this logic is obviously flawed: Yes, the fittest rider in any group can ride the lowest-performing bike, but we can't all be the fittest rider: Most of us have to be clustered around the mean. That's science, folks. If I'm in pretty-much the same shape as everyone else, and if I'm working 3% harder than everyone els