So, out of curiosity after I read a lot of "which bike is best" threads and the frustration that ensues in the replies, I am going to ask that question, but with a different spin.
If you were only allowed one bike (for whatever reason, cost, space, spouse!) what would you go for? Be it hardtail or full suss, what sort of bik? i.e. fast racy style or more stable, and what sort of travel? Would you sacrifice speed on flatter rides to be able to fly on descents etc?