Today I got back on my mountain bike after about a 1.5 year break. Due to my schedule I usually ride solo, but today I rode with a group who, of course, all had full-suspension 29'ers; whereas I ride my classic 26" rigid. Our trails are quite rocky so I have a tougher time navigating certain areas at speed, but overall I mostly manage to keep up and am faster than the others on tight, technical hardpack where it seems everyone else slows...it's just those darn rocky sections that slow me down.
So as the title says, I've got the rigid blues. I enjoy my bike tremendously, but am tired of being at a disadvantage when riding with a group. It's frustrating being the slower rider in the group, more so since I know I'm a fairly good rider. Let alone seemingly being more fatigued than everyone else.
Anyway, just venting my frustration and seeking encouragement from other rigid riders. Rather than an appreciation for the difficulties faced in riding rigid (even more with 26"), it feels like many 29'ers look down on me and my humble little rigid, and sadly, however valid a reason that it is, I find myself using it as an excuse for not always keeping up.