I had the pleasure of testing one a year or so ago during Crankworx. It was
the 26inch version, but I was highly impressed by how fun and poppy the ride
was. It immediately went on my "to consider" list when the time comes to get
rid of my V10. It is not a plower as you mentioned in the article, but it is
an immensely fun park bike. The value can't be ignored.
I was a bit concerned when I first came across that whoop section... thinking it's going to be a long time until I'll be able to manual through it. A few laps later I went jello and just monster-trucked through it and it worked just fine and was fun as hell.
The step down before the s-turn and EZ bridge.. the bigger option is so nice now. Before it felt as if the landing zone was the size of a postage stamp. Now we have a nice new lip on it and the landing seems huge.
Just saw the whoops for the first time today. What a mess... Park was in mint shape though. Too bad I didn't ride enough this year. :-(