One of the hottest bikes for 2016, the Salsa Ponyrustler was love at first ride for me, when I swung a leg over one in Utah. This bike climbs pretty damn well, and descended like my DH bike. I was absolutely floored when I rode one. Fast forward a few months, this time in Lancaster, which had some similar terrain as my home trails, rocks, logs, etc. I feel like Salsa really designed this bike for our local trails. A slightly higher bb than what comes on the new school I-ride-up-fire-roads-or-check-out-my-shuttle-rig-bro. This has the bottom bracket clearance I need for places like Laurel, or even Highland. It also happens to have the shortest chain stay on a 29er/27.5+ bike that will allow a 2x drivetrain. But numbers aside, this is the most fun dual suspension bike I've ridden in years.
Dave was lucky enough to snag one of these bikes, which will serve as a replacement for his old bike, and a supplement to his Mukluk. Be sure to give him a high five if you see him.
Anyone interested in a D.FENDER as pictured they are available here.