Great interview, and wonderful to finally have someone point out the fact that reach is only meaningful if taken in conjunction with stack. I always do this. With typical Mtb head angles, the relationship is about 0.4x.
Elephant in the interview room(that I really wish you had asked him about):
Nick says: “if you think about a bike, you've got front center, which is your bottom bracket to your front axle and rear center, which is your bottom bracket to your rear axle. And the ratio of those two things are really what defines your weight distribution on the bike. And it shouldn't change”
Yet, they make all their frame sizes with the same rear center, even though front center(on this bike) grows by 16% across all sizes!
If the ratio is so important (which I agree it is*), why aren’t they adjusting chainstay length across sizes?
*they think so themselves too: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/behind-the-bike-developing-the-xxl-santa-cruz-v10-2016.html
*as a tall rider, that’s actually what I think I great about this bike, the fact that I can get longer chainstays, in order to get some weight on the front.