My other love of Trail and Enduro Motorcycles has seen some changes over the last 10 years.
The majority of people rode 2 stroke and old reliable 4 stroke technology, the manufacturers spotted an oppertunity to push fast modern 4 stroke bikes. Getting the sports organising bodies for MX involved. These machines were pushed and 2 strokes phased out.
The press said it was they way it was all going.
Lots of people spents lots of money on expensive equipment they would likely go no faster on.
The bubble burst and people decided to go back to riding 2 strokes again because you cant beat the cheap simplicity of a 2x.
Few people can strip a fuel injected 4x motor in a field with 2 screwdrivers and a pair of plyers.
I think there is a lesson to be learnt from this, don't listen to the manufacturers, they do not have your best interests at heart. They just want to sell you things.
Those things may be good for you, they may not.
Please ride and try but think, is your riding life going to be better in 6 months because you bought x bike?
I have rode 29ers, yes some were very nice, some not so. Did I want to sell my current bikes I love. No. Will it change where or how I ride. No. Do I think there will be no parts available to buy next year. No.
If someone gave me a 29er would I ride it? If I liked it, yes.
Im going now.