There's just different approaches, coming from slightly different value systems.
Of course, that's what I'm trying to defend.
I think that exists in abundance here, too.
I don't. I get slightly exasperated sometimes with the singlespeed/weird bar brigade because they seem to be self-consciously adopting it as a reaction to this perceived obsession with pointless shiny technology. Seems like people are creating a myth for the purposes of defining themselves against it.
The prevailing opinion is that v-brakes = certain death, square taper BB = 19th C. technology, >30lb hardtail = lead donkey, and rigid forks = wacko.
Again, I'm not aware of this, haven't seen it in any of the mags I've read. Mostly, people seem to be against a certain technology for a reason that's explained.
something elegant by Matt Chester
Well that's just it, there's the ultimate subjectivity. Some might think a lugged brazed frame is elegant, I happen to think a nicely executed full sus is elegant. Or a simple hardtail that has the geometry and ride subtly tweaked to transform it into a brilliant ride, a la Ti456 for instance, which is one of the most raved about bikes I have read a review of lately. And it's just a hardtail after all, not the latest whizzy technology....