My Pivot sucks on techy steep climbs. Takes every bit of attention to keep it steering straight. My Django always straight and I’m able to motor up stuff I couldn’t on my Pivot. I’ve never ridden in the low setting. Too rocky around here I set it to high and left it. I’ve set more PR’s on my Django than any other bike I’ve owned. I honestly don’t think it has anything to do with the rear suspension and everything to do with the geo and how I fit on it.It's just my opinion based on owning the django carbon for two years, and being an extremely strong climber. It's also just my opinion based on anecdotal evidence of friends witnessing me flail about or ride slower in many trail conditions for those two years that I normally cleaned or sped through with less effort. Since parting ways with the split pivot, my Strava times, KOMs, and the aforementioned anecdotal input have returned to "normal."
Descending, the django was very good. Compared to my Ripley V4 with the same parts spec, it's not even in the same league as a climber whether seated or standing.
Climbing in many situations, I'll stick with my opinion that the django was below average especially in the low-chip position. Too much leverage and I don't think it was a true 74.5 STA; the sag had to be decreased to keep it from riding too low and bobbing under power.
To each their own. I'm much happier not spending all day climbing on a Split Pivot especially in steep, loose, rocky conditions.