I've sort of half convinced myself that life would be far better if I owned another bike, but I need help finding that bike.
I've got a 26 FS, which goes quite nicely up hills, not great downhills but who cares about the downhills. I was wanting something that's a bit faster cross country with a future ambition of a WHW IAD if I ever get fit enough.
I recently bought a Trek Domane and am astounded by how comfortable it is compared to my aluminium road bike. If a similarly compliant frame design exists for a 29er then I reckon I could get something comfy enough for doing long rides at reasonable speeds.
I tend to ride sat down most of the time so bent lots of seatposts on my last hardtail, it was also quite slow since I wouldn't be pedaling much on the horizontal bumpy surfaces. But if I can get something carbon with a fair amount of flex in the right directions then that might do the job.
Most of the carbon 29ers that I have seen rave about how stiff they are and how awesome they are for racing.
Can you recommend any that are just as light and sprightly, but with a more endurance/marathon bent to them?