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I'm not a fan of really steep STAs. I can't ride them comfortably and I've never had a problem sliding forward on a saddle for a steep section so the benefit for climbing seems overblown. The only thing a steep STA does for me is let me sit and reach the bars on a very long bike. That's great, but at some point you have to balance being able to pedal well vs. having the longest bike possible.
I wouldn't solve the steep STA thing with a mullet setup though. 9.8 makes a nice dropper with a 1" setback head that will tame a steep STA and I'll just avoid bikes that have STAs so steep a 1" setback dropper doesn't make it rideable for me.
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