So it's a girls bike?
With its high anti squat and progression rate this bike favors more aggressive riders, so your answer is yes, it is a girls bike.
Mmmhhm. That Troy is a nice bike!
It sports a 200x51mm shock, as far as I can tell.
Would one be able to mount a 200x57mm and NOT have some catastrophic failure under full compression?
From what I've read the seat stay brace contacts the seat tube. The only occasion I would want more travel with this bike is in a park. That's just personal preference.
I have a 200 x 57 I could try….