Firstly...I am in no way trying to be negative here.
I was riding the Mansion yesterday evening on the Crapper with a friend who hadn't ridden in a while. He did pretty well for being out of the game. We rode for about an hour and fifteen before he confessed that his legs were toast. We popped out of the woods on to a gravel connecting drive and stopped for a drink and a rest. As we sat there, I noticed a dude riding up out of the same section. He was riding a Fuel EX. I couldn't help but chuckle at the poor kid. He looked fairly young...but he was wearing freeride armor
If you knew the trail network that I was talking about...you'd probably laugh too. There is 1 fairly long (for KS) rocky downhill section, and a little smattering of techy sections. No drops. No ledges that could dump you off on some sticks to spear you.
I think sometimes people see a NWD video or pick up the latest issue of their fav. mag...and "just gotta have it." I'm guilty. I was riding a 5x5 and a FRHT on the same trail 1 and 2 years ago that I'm just dandy riding the silly rigid SS on now.
I still miss the XLT now and then...sitting and pedaling through the chop, the technology involved in a good dually design...I just wish I were in an area that would warrant a rig like that. I feel that I'm evolving into what I laughed at 2 years ago. No matter what...I'm not wearing those freakin' "man-panties".