Starting, I should mention that I have a custom build SB6 C and that this is the first new bike I have ever purchased in my life. Second I should mention that this bike is 1000x more than I would ever need given my ability level and experience. That being said I moved to CO from the land of Duluth, MN and the Chequamagon national forrest. There the 29er hardtail is king (which I rode for the better part of the last decade). Moving from the midwest to the Rockies has definitely opened up facets of cycling; predicated and molded by the terrain around me.
So about the bike... This bike climbs better than my cannondale Flash 29'er carbon 1. Like the reviews say, it shouldn't but it just does. The ability to lock out and the switch technology on this bike allows it to climb faster and more aggressively than any of my older bikes. The 6 inches of travel worried me at first at the prospect of having to make tight turns going uphill on the switchbacks here in CO. Turned out it was not a problem. The torque I am able to generate with the stiffened frame gives me more than enough power in tight sections without sacrificing speed and my own energy. Also with 6 inches of travel I can totally destroy downhill sections. As a matter of fact this bike excels on the down hill (of course right). Even reaching faster speeds on downhill sections than I have ever reached before, this bike just floats over everything (and I can be pretty care free). I literally have never had so much fun on a bike in my life. As an enduro bike this bike definitely has more emphasis built on descending but most of the cycling I do has a lot of climbing to get to where I want to drop in. Right now I am riding with a pair of Eggbeater mallet DH pedals which definitely allow me to climb efficiently with this set up. Other than that I have only been out about a dozen times this year on this bike since I got it 2 weeks ago, so there is more proving to to do on more types of terrain, but for my initial impressions this bike is going to be your favorite all mountain bike!