I treated myself recently and now ride a Santa Cruz Hightower 27.5+ It's a beautiful bike and I'm really happy riding it. I've only been riding this beast for about 6 weeks and on 3 separate occasions I've had some random guy at the trailhead tell me "you don't deserve that bike". I'll admit I am riding very conservatively as I'm still recovering from surgery but jeez... it's a bit rude. I asked hubby if he gets this comment from guys when he rides his bike (also a new Hightower) and he was surprised guys were saying this to me. Do I have to rapidly upgrade my skills to match the bike I'm riding or is "F*%k off" a reasonable response to such comments.