Went to the last RM demo of the year and tried the Altitude with the 650's. I have been interested in trying that wheel sz after talking to riders that have converted their 26r's this year and not fully warming to the 29r.

The Altitude felt balanced from both riding position and trail manners, the rear suspension was on the firm side, tracked reasonably well, and provided a good pedal platform with limited bob. The steering had a solid feel through corners, wheel size was seems a good compromise and if worthy of consideration. The bike was overkill for the trails that I ride but this one will make a good choice for those that ride a wide range of conditions.

Ready for a bigger wheel.

Thanks to RM and Thane (#2) for the demo.