I'm toying with the idea of swapping my FF29 for either a Solaris or a Buzzard, but not sure if it's worth the effort.
Rides mainly consist of a couple of hours messing around on the hills/mountains of the North East of Scotland. So, lots of climbing (which I enjoy) and some rocky descents (which I'm trying to learn how to enjoy).
The FF29 is amazing on the climbs, but for some reason I've never found that it inspires much confidence on the downs. I can get down pretty much anything I'd care to ride, but it's a slightly nervous affair. Min you, my frame of reference here is a 26" Five and maybe it's expecting too much for a 29er HT to feel as stable as a Five on the way down.
The overriding feeling on the FF29 is that my weight is more over the front wheel. I'm sure that's part of what makes it such a good climber, but on the way down I get a feeling of being perched over that front wheel. I could just try a shorter stem than the current 70mm job and work more on getting my weight back, but something with the weight a bit more to the rear might be more fun. Something that was a bit easier to manual would be nicer too, but again a bit of skill might do the job just as well.
So, what do you reckon? Would a Solaris or a Buzzard be a bit more fun on the way down without giving up too much on the climbs, or should I just stick with the FF29 and learn to ride it better?