The XLM being re-birthed as a 29er, along with updated geometry and specs, makes me a happy man. I was lucky enough to race this bike recently, along with some high country rides. I came from a Santa Cruz Highball Carbon, so the bar was high. This bike is smooth as silk, typical of Ti but once again proven here. The oversized head tube brings it in touch with the modern era. The bike actually climbs better than my Highball, and is nearly on par on the descents. All around, it's sexy and it performs.
My one complaint is that there was some seat post slippage with both an Easton Carbon and Thomson aluminum post. I hope this can be dialed in, otherwise it's a lovely machine.