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I recently got a 125/140 29er with 445mm chainstays and still have my 160/170 27.5 with 435 CS. I definitely like longer stays and bigger hoops for climbing and pedally chunk, but the shorter stays and smaller wheels seem to have no downside on steep descents. I'm 6'2". Granted I haven't tried a comparable long-travel bike back-to-back, so it's just an observation. For me personally I say horses for courses.
I'm surprised how much I still like the bigger bike with smaller wheels and shorter rear end. I thought I'd hate swapping between the two bikes, but it's seamless.
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