I really like the feel of the new Pikes, I swapped out a set of 36 Talas for the Pikes and these are far far more responsive on the trail.
One thing I have noticed is that on the last couple of long rides I have done, my first stint is basically 8km of climbing so I have the forks locked out, for the rest of the ride (let's take note here that the temps have been close to freezing on these rides) that the rebound runs a little slow and only when running the forks fully open do they feel consistent. I am putting this down to the temps though as other than that they have been great compared to the 36's.
I would say as a comparison that they have the plush feeling in the first part of their travel that my old 66's had but ramp up nicely like the 36's did when taking big hits, they also don't pack down like the 66's over fast chattery ground. The front end of my Tracer 2 now weighs 0.8lb lighter with these on than the Fox's, so there is nothing I can complain about.
I'm a happy RockShox convert!