Ah sorry, my bad - i missed the IF in your sentence.
I was asking because the BfeMax is also on my radar. As you noted above, availability is a bit tight currently, but my horizon is about 12-18 months currently. However the long CS on the BfeMax is definitely a major difference to the Honzo. I'm riding Honzos since '14, and a 26" Bfe since '19. I'm naturally biased towards the ESD (and as an alternative the Moxie for that matter), but the BfeMax looks sweet as well.
Thanks for your insights!