I really really like my Nukeproof Mega, but I also love the idea of a poppier bike like the Cotic Rocket on the jumps. Whose frame design also let's feel a lot more trail buzz with due to the steel frame/stiffness. Trail feedback is a good thing, it allows you to know what's going on under the contact patch. Something I have never got is why MTBers whine about trail feedback, Superbike riders whine about the complete opposite usually. I noticed my old mans Nomad confers a lot more trail feedback to the rider than my Mega, despite similar sag, compression and rebound setups.
I'm also finding that the slacker the better, 66 degree head angles are not enough any more and I run a full 1.5 inch steerer as I find they give even more steering precision than tapered steerers (I'll be mortified the day I can't get another one). This means to slacken the Mega I'd need to run offset bushings which rotate/are a pain in the arse and mess with the suspension rate.
So what I want is something even lower... like the Cotic with a 13.3 inch bottom bracket height, I want the same length wheelbase or longer as my mega, shorter chainstays around the same length as the Cotic and a 64 degree head angle with 160mm forks STOCK - no need for a offset bushings or a 1-1/8th steerer (a tapered steerer wouldn't be compatible with an angleset in Cotics 44mm headtube). Ideally I'd also like an 18.5 inch seatube. This bike, run with a pretty stiff suspension setup would be my idea of heaven. Steel would be nice as well, just to be different.
So could Cotic/someone build me such a bike. In short I want a bike that is going to rip my arms off but rewards and encourages riding aggressively due to it's stability and confidence inspiring trail feedback.