That first generation One was one of the best bikes I have ever ridden. Climbed like mad and descended like a demon.
Then it cracked.
I do like their stuff a lot. The Jedi is an amazing DH bike, got to play with one as a friend used to only ride Canfields. And I would give just about anything for a chromo Signature frame.
My only other connection is getting drunk with Lance at a bike movie showing in Phoenix.
Interesting about the MRP suspension. I don't know anyone riding it, so don't have any reference. I have heard mixed things online. I have only used their ramp control cartridge, which worked very well on my Pike.
It is a beautiful looking frame!