Nice write up man. Couldn't agree more with your suggestion of a 34mm fork. I have a Bandit 26 that is a few years old now and depending on what trails you ride and how you ride them, a 32mm fork doesn't inspire the confidence that you want.I would highly encourage another rider thinking of getting a Bandit to consider getting it with the Float X. It is a drastically better shock than the standard Fox Float CTD. I imagine that a similar RS Monarch or Cane Creek DBAir would feel similar, but I am certain that the addition of a more refined shock helps this frame immensely. Secondly, I would encourage anyone interested to consider a 150mm fork with at least 34mm stanchions. The Bandit begs to be ridden hard and I am willing to bet that a 32mm fork would get quickly overwhelmed.