nice looking bike.Perhaps it is functional. It may help shed the mud before it builds up on the chainstay/Front Derailleur. Then again, it could just be shite design. Time will tell.
I've never had any mud buildup problems on my mamasita - with 2.1" tyres though. I did Capital Punishment too... I agree the stays look very similar.nice looking bike.
my mamasita has similar clearances. mud just builds up at the seatstay arch and the wheel starts binding (with a 2.2 race king).