Interestingly I feel this way about my Bandit which I've not quite got totally to grips with yet. It's turned out better at some things than I expected (e.g. climbing) but I've started thinking the bike might be to blame for (too many) recent crashes EDIT - since I obviously can't blame myself
I test rode a demo Bandit in the Peak and it didn't do a lot for me. I put it down to the bike being a lot better than I am.
But I just couldn't get on with the Hemlock which was a real shame, I'd been looking forward to it. I love 4-bar suspension but it just felt like I was "on" the bike rather than working with it. Really hard to describe. It wasn't BAD, it just didn't feel "right".
I had a go on one of those once, for a few days, it didn't do a lot for me. I put it down to the bike being more capable than me.
But both of them were at least a million times better than a Klein Palomino which was just not a lovely bike.
But it's all so personal. Loads of folk love Bandits and Hemlocks. I wonder if maybe my expectations were simply too high.
As for 'right' - Ragley Ti. Just a mad combination of slackness, lightness, climbing ability and a weird penchant for the improbable.