^^^ yeah, I have been finding my 26 Soul a little short recently having swopped my FS to a newer longer lower version, so been looking at geometries a bit. Have ordered wider bars and slightly shorter stem as an initial try.
Thing to note about the ‘optimised for inline’ geo is that it’s exactly that.
From what Cy says about it, the bike is still designed with a rider in a certain place, but the original design assumed a layback post and longish stem both of which are now unlikely in the real world. The ‘new’ Soul geo simply puts the rider back where the design expects but with a dropper post and short stem. It’s not really a bike that’s had the nuskool rule book thrown at it.
I like mine a lot, currently running 130mm and 760 with 50mm stem.