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Interesting Greg. Why do you think modern bikes are "more of a crutch for poor riding skills than an asset?" Are you talking about things like better tires, disc brakes, dropper posts and improved suspension? And are you suggesting that someone with skills - let's use Wade Simmons for example - would be able to ride a trail on Cypress just as fast and in as much control on a bike from 20 years ago?
I'm also curious about what bike you ride. And what others you have tried. I'm absolutely not saying you can't have fun on an older bike, and I occasionally saddle up my 1996 Dekerf, but the bikes I ride today are much more than crutches; they complement my skills and the advantages they provide are even more pronounced for riders with superior skills.
It's interesting how perspectives can be so divergent!
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