I've had mine for a little under a year, owned an Enduro, Covert and Sovereign before, it's my first VPP and carbon bike.
The immediate impression when I first took a pedal stroke was 'Frigg me this is stiff', which was nice.
It climbs fantastically, it feels very firm and fast, there is a bit of pedal bob if you look down at the shock, but it is way less perceivable than on any other bike I've ridden, the suspension really works well to offer loads of grip. I'm a very average rider but I'm pretty sure that when sitting and spinning (on 1x10) at a decent lick you can easily monster up loose climbs, the rear wheel sticks to the ground with a similar sort of forgetability(sp?) that I had with the CCDB on my Covert.
Despite it being a 'little bike' I have never felt under biked, it's quite alarming how it feels like it has just the same if not more travel than a Covert (even with the coil shock and BOS Deville). The geo of the TRc (long and very low) makes it feel very stable in rough trails.
I am as weak as the next fella when it comes to wanting the next best thing, and to be honest there was nothing wrong with my Covert. But there have been no bikes out recently that (for me personally) I would see any point in changing for. I ride in West Yorkshire & the peaks, have done Wales trips (snowdon a couple of times), Scotland etc it hasn't felt out of place anywhere.
However, there is an issue with an insert in the rear triangle becoming unbonded with the carbon, which comes lose over time and is an RMA situation I'm afraid. Check the Santa Cruz forum on mtbr for a big thread in there. Original owners are getting warranty replacements, and some people have never experienced the problem. Unfortunately I had it on my first frame and I think my new one is showing the same signs, it's not a problem at the moment but I will be getting it replaced eventually. They have changed the manufacturing process on the Bronson and Solo so the inserts aren't bonded (glued in) any more. If I were buying one second hand I would have to be extremely confident that the existing owner would warranty it for me. This would be an important consideration for me.
Crap picture sorry. It now has a narrow/wide ring, Type 2 mech and some Specialized tyres.
I'm not replacing it any time soon, the next upgrade will be a 34mm stanchion fork which will if anything make it more versatile.