I do not believe that name-calling between ST users has been a big problem recently. I do believe that political discussion is important and vital to democracy, it is something that naturally occurs between climbing partners.
Way ahead of you, GCF. Living in a small town makes it easier to be involved with what happens, and I am. Small town New Hampshire town meetings are interesting. All the old timers have died now, but in our town the meetings were dually purposed; you voted on measures and were given the floor if you wanted to speak, and, you watched the old timers speak their piece like the true backwoods farmers that they were. And they had pull, as they owned large tracts of land in town, passed down from colonial times.
I loved my yellow gen 1 Bronson, but I recently paid the frame forward to a buddy and the parts toward the wife's upgrade to come.
The steed pictured is a Czar 1.2 from Turner Suspension Bicycles, Temecula CA. Of course the frame was made in Asia. Super cool to go chat with the dood who designed your bike, demo one. Don't forget the $600 Turner frame trade-in program.
"XC/Trail" sounds market-y until you swap out some parts and check out the range. I've never pedaled anything so responsive to pedal input. Still, that Pike fork does a good job of destroying chunk...and helping me forget the Bronson : )
PS: Luddite alert...no dropper, 10-sp.
Would a carbon fiber frame be better for those conditions?
Haha, yes, just because plastic bikes look cool : D
Seriously, though...had to think about it when I was stopped temporarily by an electric fence in MT. My bike had a steel frame. I tossed it over and shimmied a wooden support. No wooden support on the other end of the property, but just enough room to slide under. Google Maps routefinding roulette, fun game...