mudguards in Bristol for a bike that's used all year round are a must
Same for SS...
(anyway it's being built up gear now though it may well have mudguards)
Steve, I read the article and TBH I found it a bit suprising - most trails that I ride now are similar to what I rode 15ish years ago when I first got the Kona. IIRC, that article took a 90s bike with a race-orientated setup onto a freeridey type trail and unsuprisingly found it a bit of a handful. No different to if you took a bang-up-to-date XC race bike on them.
I'm no retro freak - as I said above, it's the history I have with my Kona that makes me love it - but equally if it continues to ride perfectly well what's the issue? Some bikes stand the test of time (eg original Turners are just slightly shorter travel versions of many contemporary full sussers) so they continue to be fine to ride now.