I've showed pics of the scrub-style chunk we have. I've shared animated .gif's of some ladder drops. The truth is, the majority of my region is pedally. No long morning climbs to 30 minute downhill. No dirt jump parks. No ski lift.
Sure, the trails are littered with baby-head rocks that shake you to death...even with 6"of travel. The tough part is that you need to pedal through it instead of coasting through it DH.
I've been experimenting with what works best given all the pedaling. I've noticed how many people buy into the market hype and think they need to ride an All Mountain bike. (even when they don't really need it)
I rode a loop the other day on the Krapper now that I'm back to single speed. This loop previously took around an hour and a half with a 29# geared hardtail. On the Krapper it only took 53 minutes.
The Krapper is less than 23# now. Rigid fork makes standing and honking a dream. You have to hunt and peck the rocks, but when it opens up, it's unstoppable.
I'm man enough to admit that i usually overkill when it comes to the bike that will work best for me. I'm getting to the point now though, that I think I'm willing to accept the reason that 85% of the riders around here are on light weight 29ers. I've seen first-hand how well they roll over pedally baby-head sections. How the angle of attack really keeps you're momentum up. How the Taro, Honzo, Yelli, Paradox, and Mason are the new breed that will soon take over my region.