I live in norfolk . So I can safely say this is a county that takes the mountain out of mountain biking. However we do have plenty of bridle ways and the twisty singletrack of thetford forest. I would say its the perfect place for a steel 29 er, possible rigid and SS.
However if I lived in the highlands or the south coast I d probably pick something else. How much does you location affect your bike choice. Or do you just go for the latest shiny wonder machine that catches your eye?