I am currently running an Al. SS frame w/EBB. I have had a Voodoo Dambala SS. Both have had the same component specs. I have had a lot of issues w/EBB and the Voodoo sliders. I am currently trying to decide b/w a Bander and an EMD. I am so disgruntled with SS frame chain tensioners, that I will more than likely (a must w/EMD) run a ETR/B. I would consider a Jabber, but still sliding d/o's. I have a FS 29er that I thrash, however, I will be "trail" riding this bike (not just XC). I am trying to decide if the weight penalty of the steel is worth the increase in ride compliance. Also, IS the Jabber's tensioner solid for HIGH torque climbs. Do chain tugs help? I do change cogs often (20T trail, 16-18T XC). I know the 32x20 is the magic gear for the EMD. Lastly, I don't know squat about offset etc. I will be running my trusty WB 110 mm fork with either of these. Yes, my budget is $500. Thanks for any helpful info.