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Totally agree on your analysis. And good point about the terrain as well, I pretty much only ride on rooty, rocky trails (often wet as well) where getting the wheels out of the way quickly is important.
The faster rebound came from trying to get the wheels to follow the terrain as well as possible. I am at the point now where the bike requires a bit more strength to push it through rock gardens and root nests. But that downside is weighed up by it tracking better and generally the bike feels lighter and poppier.
Maybe one of the reasons that people feel that long bikes feel slow and heavy is that they run the suspension like they would on a short and tall bike?
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