Alan Pfleuger drove himself nuts with DNF's trying to be different.
What makes you think that Geiser, Jimco, Stout, or a BMS aren't looking to push the envelope so that they can offer a better product than the other guys?
Free market and competition will drive development.
Personally I think that the DA #16 TT is on the cutting edge. Rick and Blue are constantly updating it.
There are only so many options that are both fast AND reliable. As technology and materials advance so do the vehicles. A big name builder has to offer speed and reliability. The changes they make do not come at the expense of reliability so they might appear to advance slowly but I can tell you the 16 is CONSTANTLY being updated......Bet you wish you knew what Ricky G knows!
Sorry but if you guys see running a Geiser or some other "cookie cutter" as a liability you need to go for a ride in one.
PS. What works is what works.......I bet that RG's truck just ain't that different.
There is no way I would turn down any of the trucks mentioned. But as you say, Flooger was looking for something more... He could have bought any cookie cutter 3 times over. I commend him.
And, when RG says he don't need to build the next level because he dominates with what he has... That is bad for the sport and also tells you how cutting edge the cookie cutters are. What do you think Ivan and Cals truck would look and be like today? What do you think the rest of the guys TT would look and be like today if edge was being pushed like it was prior to 2000?
I mean the latest most high tech thing to be passed around in the last few years is the use of airdams and deflectors. WAFJ!