Did 3 hours at Swinley yesterday and brought along a mate who's fairly new. Let him have a quick go on my Meta AM29, which I then didn't get back for the whole ride LOL.
Things I picked up from the day.. you CAN do everything on a HT, you can crusie, you can jump, drop, roots and bumps...
However, why in Gods name would you want to... I mean, really ? Unless racing, finite speed is completely irrelevant isn't it ? It's all about fun and comfort, which the 29FS absolutely walks all over the HT.
Now, his was a £500 HT I admit, so not that light, not that plush... so any I bought would arguably be a fair bit better. But still comes with the same problem of being hellishly uncomfortable.
Was nice uphill, nice traction. But that was as good as it got.
I was very much debating that Parkwood, however, I've now removed all HT thoughts for my 'winter'/Training bike ..
No, I'm not trolling... I really wanted to enjoy his...but.. HTs are... well.. a bit like driving a car with the wrong size wheels, springs dropped 40mm and ridiculously low profile tyres.