After having not ridden my ancient 1998 Trek 7000 for about 9 years in favor of the road, I've been hitting the trails again lately.
I then began noticing all the fancy new MTBs out there and in the shops...and learning about this "new" 29er thing.
This has become a stepping stone drug to looking at - and testing - new bikes. So far I've ridden a Scott Spark 29 Comp, a Scott Scale 29 Expert, and a Santa Cruz TallBoy alum. Before last week, I'd never even sat on an FS bike or a bike with disc brakes before. All these bikes make mine look, feel and ride like an old tricycle with square, clay wheels.
Now I'm in that awful yet delicious danger zone of "bike-brain." I guess what I'm saying is damn, MTBs have come a LONG way, and I kind of want a new one...