thanks for the speedy reply. No worries about the rant - i have no experience with STAs in that area myself (all my mtbs are around 74° or lower unsagged), so cannot really judge on it. Do you think that even with the reach figure to match the steep STA, and a properly firm fork setup, it would still be too steep for the uphill?
I get your point regarding the dropper posts. Could this lack of setback posts be because the setback would exert unfavorable torque on the mechanics of the telescopic post?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts, always appreciated!