Dear STW Massive,
Looking at the reports back from Interbike etc, and some of the foreign MTB mags and websites, I can't help but think we're heading more and more in our own direction as UK riders.
Don't get me wrong at all, I'm quite happy if this is the case, but it seems the trend for us is towards more aggressive singletrack / trail riding on slacker all day enduro bikes and long-forked hardtails, whereas our American cousins seem obsessed with the 29er movement, possibly followed by those in Euroland this year.
Our strongest riders in international competition seem to currently be DH / Freeride / 4X / Trials too, which would support our move in direction towards more aggressive riding.
This direction we're heading in might also have been fuelled by the "UK-specific" branding found on many of the bikes for sale in our LBS's.
Are UK riders and trends moving further away from other countries?
If so, will we continue to go our own way?
Thanks for reading,