I was over at Laggan at the weekend doing a skills course and we were having a bit of a chuckle at the people riding "big" bikes around a trail centre. Now clearly this makes no sense. You don't need a 160mm plus travel bike to ride anything at a trail centre and a lot of these bikes were clearly pretty compromised going up (judging by the number of people pushing them up what was really a pretty gentle climb) and even just riding along.
But I got to thinking when I got home "why not?". OK they aren't sensible, but we're talking about adults messing about in the woods on bikes. Sensible doesn't enter into it. OK, you might feel a bit silly when you get overtaken on a downhill section by somebody on an XC hardtail, but so what. Big bouncy bikes are probably quite fun and not really any more silly than a fully rigid or even a fat bike.
So, apologies to those I sniggered at on Sunday. I hope you had fun