I've been hanging out on Bike Forums for a few years as a Roadie. I recently moved to Colorado and a friend of mine who's an avid mountain bike rider set me up with a bike and took me out on a trail for the first time. It was 13 miles of singletrack with some pretty decent climbs and some technical sections. The trail pretty much destroyed me. I went over the handlebars twice, had to walk several sections, and it took every last ounce of energy to finish the ride. However, I had a huge grin on my face and I couldn't stop laughing from the pure joy of it all. What an amazing experience!
I immediately started looking at bikes and after a few weeks of research, I brought my new ride home from the LBS...and I can hardly contain my excitement! I got a sweet deal on a 2010 Trek Fuel EX 9 since the 2011s are already on the floor. ($500 off)
My wife has a mountain bike too and we're going on a couple of rides this weekend in the Pike National Forest. I'm totally stoked!
Earlier this evening, I took some pics of my new ride. She weighs in at 26.5 pounds with pedals. Enjoy the bike porn!