I love the way even I (with my very limited skills) can pop the front wheel over stuff on my 26" Trance. I'm not sure if that is quite what is meant by pop, but it will do for now.
I also love the way the 29er wheels on my FF29 plough through stuff. But they seem to want to stay stuck to the ground. That's fair enough; it's the way the bike was designed and it makes climbing steep stuff a breeze. It's also amazing what you can roll over if you get your body in the right place.
But I wonder, can you have both? Can I keep my nice big wheels and still have a bike (preferably one with rear suspension) that pops off stuff easily.
Based on chainstay length, the Whyte T129 looks a good candidate, but I'm sure there is more to it than chainstay length.
NOTE: this is not meant to be a "can you manual a 29er" thread. Of course you can. With enough skill and practice you can manual a road bike. But some bikes are more playful than others and I'm just wondering what are the current leading candidates for a playful full sus 29er?