Originally Posted by 01amberfirewv
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.