I built this bike up with parts I had accumulated through various other bike builds as a spare. It's quickly becoming my go to rig because it's just so much fun. Updated geometry and the versatility to change wheel sizes, fork travel, and number of gears makes this hardtail a clear winner. I set mine up as a 29er, with a 130mm fork and the bike rides well basically everywhere.
I've owned a number of Santa Cruz frames, and the quality here is nothing less than what I would expect from SC. i expect to have this bike for years and miles to come (which is saying a lot for me, as I usually swap bikes out yearly). And if I get bored with it, I can just convert it to an SS, or maybe even a 27.5 plus bike.