Minh claims to have actually ridden his suspiciously clean and color coordinated short-stay 29er now... he writes:
"Now that i've had a good amount of seat time can say this: the new bike is really fantastic. whatever handling superlatives you may have apply. everything I asked for. faster downhill than my SS. check! front end super easy to unweight. check! rear end doesn't feel like it's on a time-delay with the front (vs. the REDACTED 18" chainstay-er, not my WW SS). seems faster uphill too. (at least that's what GPS says). didn't expect that. bonus! with that REDACTED I felt I was right over the front wheel which was a little terrifying on downhills. this is much better. I did what you suggested and removed the chainguide and have yet to drop a chain. it's so quiet that I have to remind myself that there are gears and I should take advantage of them. too many good things to say in one email. "full of win" as the cool kids say. anyway- just wanted to let you know it's awesome! thanks for building it! and look!