Just kidding. I still haven't gotten to ride any trail with the new Commode, but I did take her down a few stairs and curb jumps when I got home today. Micro review-
-Marz 55 R: Wow! So much more plush than my Vanilla right outta the box. There's only 10mm difference, but there feels like more than that. I'm loving the TA...very laterally Grrr! Nice having an air assist b/c I noticed that it's super plush, but at the end of travel, the compressed air ramps up quite well resisting harsh bottom out. I thought I was having Hydro lock there for a second b/c I bounced up'n'down on it with locked arms just to see if I could get full travel. I was lacking an inch. I let some air out and full travel was had easily. About 15psi in the assist was perfect for nice plush ride with good bottom-out resistance.
It will obviously take quite a bit of time to get completely comfortable on the slacker HA with 50mm stem, but so far...I'm loving the difference. I feel like I'm playing around more now instead of the steep, stretched out "all business" setup that I previously had.
There's plenty of seat tube and post for full leg extension and when I slam the seat down...it's plenty "out of the way" to do some drops and use my legs to suck up the pounding.
I'll keep an update on the rest of it as I ride more, but so far I'm wondering why I didn't do something like this sooner.