I enjoyed the suspension, but I was coming from an entry level 100mm hardtail 26er. I guess its all relative. I pulled off the Indian hill climb but in clockwise direction (reverse from the pink arrows) without using the lower cog. On the way down I fumbled a few rocks and got hung up. I was trying to keep up with my friend on a Slayer and that was my mistake. The travel was not suited for high speed rocky descents. On the flats and rolling rooty trails I carried significantly more speed with what seemed to be half the effort. I could hear my friend on the Slayer cursing from behind me. Earlier in the day I was keeping pace with him (me on my HT 26er, and him on a FS 29er) but with the roles reversed it was no contest. The 29er ruled the flats.