While reading the MTBR forums I was intrigued by the thread on Monster Cross bikes. Apparently this seems to be a new sub-category of cyclocross bikes but are mainly used for mtn biking than 'cross racing (too heavy). I guess the main attributes of these bikes are room for 700x42 (and larger) tires and frame geometry is closer to a 'cross bike rather than a 29'' mtn bike, or maybe something in between the two. Also drop h/bars or a variation of such as an On-One Midge or Mungo, or maybe a moustache bar.
I imagine the most obvious example of a "monster cross" would be the Surly Karate Monkey and I guess the Rivendell Atlantis would qualify, too . A friend of mine who works at the LBS has a KM and it looks awesome. I don't own one but I did test-ride one (1x9, dics brakes) and it is sweet.
Any other frames out there that would be a monster cross? I was wondering if mainstream bike manufacturers will jump on the bandwagon and make a complete bike like this?