This thread seems pretty busy, nice!
I am in Europe, in a medium sized city in Germany. So I don't know about Vancouver pump tracks. But over here a lot is changing in a good way. Pump tracks, trails and other bike stuff was merely or sometimes not tolerated before, but because interest in biking exploded again and a lot of the "best agers" (which were nay-sayers because of "environmental concerns" against trails) swapped their fancy weekend cabriolets for Pedelecs and now start to become avid fire road bikers and suddenly they don't oppose trails.
Our bike club had been trying to get a permission for building a legal trail for five years, no luck. Suddenly this summer we got a permission and after the mayor threw a shovel of dirt and doing so landed on the cover page of a local newspaper with a favoring article, several other communities contacted our club and "demanded" that if community A gets a trail, they for sure want to have some too. So our world is suddenly upside down, but good. :dizzy:
And if you have trails with bigger jumps and features and real berms, riding skills need to grow. And also you have the possibility to progress, because you can ride there regularly.
So maybe my crisis :smokey: is based on current events and in reality is not a crisis at all. I don't feel I am super bad on the bike, it's just that I want to progress further and there is so much to achieve.
Sometimes I feel great, sometimes I am just amazed how shockingly shitty I rode a certain part of a known trail.
World Cuppers probably suffer from the same issue, just on a totally different level.
Transition 27.5 hardtail frame is ordered and I am about to pull the trigger on a 2016 Lyrik 170 (they seem to be in stock) - which will go on the Strive, the current Pike will be set to 140mm (I have a matching air shaft in my parts bin) and go on the Trans Am.
I am just too long for BMX, loved them when I was a kid, rode a lot, but now I am long and lanky, like a Orang-Utan. They just don't fit. The hardtail will be fine…