Update - I made / modified some changes to my Dual Sport / Crosstrail Class bike and thought I would share.
* I replaced the Suntour suspension fork with a carbon fiber Origin 8, Black Op's,Lever II. Reason = the Suntour NEXi fork was not worth it's weight (5#'s + ) for me. Dis-assembled it is a coil only and has no oil dampening. It was good on singular impacts one may encounter in a urban environment (ex. pot hole - curb - concrete side walk edge ) Ditto for singular trail encounters (ex. a singular root/rock). It failed miserably in multi, repeat object encounters as it rebounds to fast with out dampening causing more issues and bounce than benefits. This includes wash board, rough dirt to even hard pack, dry, non smooth grass short cuts. Combined with it's heavy weight = gone.
I lost 3.5 #'s + with the swap. My bike strip'ed of extra's, yet with peddles now is a respectable, for adventure/tour/DS class = 25.5 #'s
I researched all carbon forks prior extensively. The Origin 8 has been used many,many times by choice on the Grand Tour Divide. It came down to a Niner, Origin 8, White Bros, Exotic with the last three being very similar if not the same and less $$$ than the Niner. I would have opted for a steel cro/mo fork If I could find one with a curved rake and proper measurements, rake,etc. The Origin 8 Does take out chatter - I luv it and got it off ebay new for $199
* Besides my 38mm file tread tires. I have added 1.8" Specialized Renegade Control 2bliss , low profile knob, XC tires. I love them. They are light and fast on/off road with more cush via less air psi, as compared. The combo is excellent. Currently shown below with the Renegades for fall - spring if not the majority. I am not yet, running the Renegades tube less......."yet" anyways. Two sets of tires really show case the Dual Sport class well.
* I cut down my stock riser x 8 degree sweep bars, rotated the sweep to my liking through trial and flip'ed the stem. I also added bar ends.
My Specialized Crosstrail / Dual Sport Class ------ mutating into a Renegade ---- Dressed for late fall-winter / wet,cold.
Yes = I am still "luv'in the dual sport class bikes" very much. Taking notice of 14's I am intrigued with Trek's top line model and the rear dampening system. Like the Scott's too and obviously like (purchased) the Specialized which leans a bit more MTB geometry than some.