Single speed, rigid forks. Follow a man with no regard for progress.
Local rider Chris Schroder, got into the sport latter than most. He got himself a bike from a handsome/enigmatic Cycle vendor and then set about making up for lost time. Considering his insistence that he can't ride for toffee, he's picking up some rather peachy XC and enduro results. While I give him full credit for his determination and commitment, I think that habit of removing all the best bits off of his bike, (gears/suspension) brands him a fruit loop. Read his rather funny blog here and decide for yourself.