Several months ago I made a post asking "What is Mountain Biking?" Back then I really never came up with an answer. I think that it is because there isn't one.
It seemed like the predominant response was, "don't worry about it, just ride your bike" sort of deal. Many would probably wonder why does it matter? To me it matters because so much information is distributed on the internet about mountain biking products and riding and it is largely not applicable depending on how you ride.
For example there is a current thread about whether Cannondale, Specialized, Trek, Kona etc. are better bikes. Trek is ruled out because it supposedly can't take a beating. That is fine for someone who is going to tear the crap out of their bike but what about for someone who just wants to ride XC or trail ride?
What if a XC rider gives a product a great review and has never jumped off anything better than a curb? To me it seems like there needs to be better defined categories other than just Mountain Biking.
Plus we wouldn't get all of these "super stars" getting their "intelligence" insulted because someone has a kickstand on their bike.