When I pick a bike I always want something that will offer me something new. New components, drive-train, carbon advancements, etc. New is fun and watching the bike industry make changes is exciting like watching new F1 or Rally Car advancements. But, there are some things that shouldn't change.
A bike should still ride like a bike; Climbing, descending, cornering, accelerating. It may seem cliche to say it, but there is a formula that works and it should be predictable.
I took my first ride on the Empire on 'The Empire Pass,' where most grades range from 15-20%. The Empire exceeded my expectations on climbing/comfort and was like on a train-on-rails descending a road I should probably go slower on.
Empire Strava Segment - Tour of Utah Stage