I'm not sure the relevance of this but tonight I compared my new bike side by side with the old. And without looking up the specs I can tell that while my new bike has an obviously longer ETT, it has the same wheelbase as my old bike. Which leads me to the conclusion that the head tube angle is more slack on my older bike. Ergo, the newer bike is more suited to climbing? As well as more maneuverable for twisty sections? I noticed today I was able to throw it around a bit better than my old bike. Both 29ers.

Old = Cannondale Trail SL4
New = Redline Monocog