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    So what all has changed

    I've been out of mountain biking for a while (almost 10 years) and have noticed a few things are different. I look through the pics and some of the threads and noticed that there are many people running bar ends or pedal straps (clips I guess). Iam guessing eveyone either went with platforms of clipless but I kind of like my bar ends so don't know what happened with them. It seems like the hardtails have gotten somewhat smaller and more people are running duel suspension bikes. What else has changed?

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    Nothing, thats pretty much it.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I can understand ditching the straps, they tear my shoes up and the only reason I did't go clipless was because I used to ride to the basketball court so I needed to be able to ride in bball shoes. Why doesnt anybody use barends anymore?

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    There has been so much change in the last 10 years that it would take a whole page to tell you everything. My advice is to go look at bike websites and see for yourself. I can't awsner your question about bar ends because I dont do XC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01amberfirewv View Post
    I've been out of mountain biking for a while (almost 10 years) and have noticed a few things are different. I look through the pics and some of the threads and noticed that there are many people running bar ends or pedal straps (clips I guess). Iam guessing eveyone either went with platforms of clipless but I kind of like my bar ends so don't know what happened with them. It seems like the hardtails have gotten somewhat smaller and more people are running duel suspension bikes. What else has changed?
    Steel has gone boutique, 5'' is the new 3'', you are a retro grouch if you prefer 'v' brakes, cranks are 1345% stiffer, air forks are used for freeriding, All mountain is the new XC, XC is the new 'XC racing'

    these are just a few

    oh and many people still use barends. They just aren't 6'' long like they used to be.

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    purple anodizing is still awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frunkin View Post
    purple anodizing is still awesome
    +1
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