You a Fromme guy IFO? I was thinking about that Trance while climbing up D'yer Maker and Executioner today on a Devinci Spartan. We did 2500' up and I was absolutely knackered. On a Trance I would have felt fresh. Rode 7th and Expresso on way down, easier trails I haven't ridden in years, both would have been in the Trance's wheelhouse.
If I was receiving a new Trance for riding on the North Shore I'd swap the SRAM brakes out for something at Shimano-power-level before leaving the shop. I don't know about the 130-140 claim. I'd throw a couple extra bands in the rear shock, it bottoms out with a scary thunk if you huck anything bigger at all. Set sag at 25%, (which is 11mm for Fox).
Amazing to have a short travel bike, such a snappy pedaller and neutral casual bike compared to the Reign I'm used to. Been reaching for the Trance 75% of my rides.