Not trying to fan the flames, but I think part of the riff is folks are trying to wrap a few different issues up in one neat little definition, and it's getting all lumpy...
1st part: This month's BOTM was dubbed by John as a Mid-Range Special, (mid -range was catagorized by him, solely as a level of COMPONENTS. Thus it leaves room for what may be perceived as "higher end" frames with acceptable, by his standard components. I'm sure John chose this route for simplicity and for the lattitude and variety of bikes it will encompass.
This time it's mid range special. How have we defined mid range for the sake of this BoTM? No bikes with better components than Mountain LX / Deore LX or Suntour XCD,
that goes for the entire gruppo.
I'm sure this one will cause some debate and be a real headache
Remember it is a bit of fun and judges decision for eligibility is final.
In fairness, that's just John's comment on the criteria for the poll for this month, this is the comments that spawned the idea:-
i have to say though,as much as i adore those bikes,im a bit de-sensitized to the bling,can we have a breakaway type for the non-Klein garage queens,give the little man a chance?
you can have your premier league,we'll go championship,with our Clockworks and Cannondales...whos with me? (by the way,i am not inciting a seperatist riot here!).
Personally, I think there's a certain spirit to what was being suggested or asked for, and I don't think the spirit of it was simply higher-end frames, dressed-down with a qualifying groupset, in order to fulfill the criteria set-out by John, that's all.
It's one thing to say "So what if my bike / frame is more high-end and boutique - it fits the groupset requirements...", but in fairness to all this, the comments that actually instigated this should be taken on board.
It's a one-off BOTM, effectively inspired by comments above, when there's "normal" BOTM every month, it does seem a bit churlish to play spoiler to the intent of this one-off.