Agreed; my daily grinder is a TREK 3900 with urban tires on it. (Maxxis holy roller)The specialization and "niche fragmentation" of bikes has definitely resulted in more sales. It used to be that one mountain bike could be ridden everywhere. They used to be referred to as all terrain bikes (ATB). I suspect that it was all done by marketing. If you frequent MTB forums, people are definitely buying into it, that's for sure... Some of them have a fleet of multi thousand dollar rigs. And can't imagine how a 26 inch wheel could even possibly roll. The marketing is strong...
I’ve ridden that thing on about everything and wouldn’t hesitate to take anywhere.
The only knock is the weight; as is, it’s a 39 pound bike.
I bought an old Schwinn Collegiate and I want to turn it into a gravel bike. I know it’s not exactly a light bike, but I’m going to put it on a diet!