Bought a Norco Range Killer B-3 - love it! Especially now I've junked the Elixir 1's (really, really didn't like them!) for SLX, and also fitted a reverb.
Also sorted the air pressure in the front suspension and fitted a Trailstar Hans Dampf to the front wheel.
Now it's really quick! And that's with me (BOF) riding it! Low CoG, sorted suspension, better roll over than my old 26 (yes, there is a difference!), and last Monday night I hustled it through the twisty single track, between the trees (mind the bar width though!) as fast, or faster than my 26" wheeled mates - and that's not happened before!
Uphill is great as well - as long as you don't stand and mash the pedals, stay seated instead and hardly any bob - haven't used the lockout yet.
Downsides? Range of available AM type tyres - I'm being persuaded to try HR 2s for my Alps trip, but not sure they're generally available yet. But I like do the Hans Dampf, which brings me to my 2nd downside:
Mud clearance - HDs are HUGE! which leaves very little mud clearance. Will probably try a 2.25 (instead of 2.35) next winter.
And finally - paint finish could be tougher - the Range 3 has a mat finish, and it's not the most robust paint job - I'll be getting some clear vinyl before the Alps trip.
But - love it! For me and my skill (or lack of!) it's perfect. Uplift this Sat at FoD, followed by Mini Enduro on Sun, then X-Fusion Enduro1 rnd 2 in a months time - and this time I'm looking forward to it all!