I live in SE Michigan so I ride mainly XC trails. I like 26 in bikes but a HT feels short to me, and while a FS is longer, I dont believe I need FS in Michigan.
I'm looking at "Freeride" 26 in bikes like the Transition Trans Am or Santa Cruz Chameleon. Each has a longer wheelbase (about 44 inches) and a slacker headtube angle (68 degree).
I'm looking for opinions as to how this slack of HT will work for XC.