So I basically just ride with 2 other people, and due to crazy and inconsistent schedules, it's often often only one at a time, and their riding styles are way different. The one guy, built about 20 pounds lighter than me, and about my skill level, likes to grind through the trails until we're both exhausted and have to catch our breath, drink water, and rest. This is okay because it really hits your conditioning and makes it feel like a better workout. The downside is when we approach difficult sections we are often too tired to really hit it hard and enjoy it to its full potential (downhills) or make it to the top (uphills).
The other guy is about 80 pounds heavier than me, former offensive lineman, and since he's not nearly as nimble and quick as I am, I often have to stop and wait up for him. This allows me to take short, frequent breaks and I'm pretty much in great shape to hit all sections and go as fast as I want and really kick ass.
I just really realized this after riding the same new trail with both styles last week. I must say I far prefer the latter. It also allows me to ride further and longer since I'm not burning myself out quickly.
So what's your style? Why??