Not sure how this would work on tighter, low slope "normal" trails but to me this looks like an ideal hard tail for riding the gnarliest trails around Whistler.
I dont get all the yelling about HT angle. If your suspension fork moves up and down then yes the HT angle has to change but if you're that obsessed or perturbed by the idea then maybe a hardtail isnt your ride.
Marketing is a fickle mistress and Chromag does seem to have that black art mastered but... this is hardly progressive. Wheel size aside, Nicolai has had a HT with similar geometry for several years now. And I think at least a few other European brands as well. Blasphemy, I know :)