Why do so many people seem convinced that rear suspension is the key to mastering so many aspects of mountainbiking? Is it marketing hype? Peer pressure? Are bike makers out of ideas and buzz words to market hardtails to people so they just dont bother? Or are the profit margins somehow much greater on full sussers?
In my own experience I've found a hardtail to be as fast, and in many cases faster than a full squish. Almost always more satisfying/rewarding. It's lighter, requires less maintenance and you seem to get more respect for riding them from other bikers.
Yet despite all this some people seem utterly convinced that the path to great skill and enjoyment can only be found on a susser.