An interesting conversation took place while I was riding in Blue Derby, Tasmania last week. It was a long day of ride/stop/shoot/rest/ride, and as happens when you're in someone's company for five or six hours, many subjects are broached.
Naturally, Rob, Liz and I took care of most of the world's problems, analysed the places we lived and why we do, and talked a little about bikes. Towards the end of the day, when the camera was packed away for good, legs and minds were tired and the taste of water was in desperate need of tasting like beer, Rob posed a question that had us all perplexed and searching for the 'correct' answer for many minutes, and several changed answers.
"Would you choose a hardtail with a dropper post, or a full-suspension without?"
Well dammit, ya stumped me... The fact that the answer wasn't immediate and that much agonising over the pros and cons ensued pointed to one common factor: that dropper posts have made a huge impact on how, where and what we ride. If both hypothetical bikes were dropper-equipped, my answer would have been academic. But take it out of the equation for one of them, and it opened a whole new philosophical can of worms.
So let's take a bit of a poll here, answers and reasons in the comments below, and we'll see just how important certain aspects of a bike are and how they might complement or cancel each other.