I feel like I have the shock about 80% figured out. The bike weighs exactly 32 pounds with the new XTR cranks and the heavier coil. Here are my current DHX shock settings after 5 rides and about 80 miles:
1. 600# spring with 1 turn of preload = exactly 25% sag. I'll leave this alone.
2. Boost valve (compression) 120 psi. I might go slightly lower.
3. Rebound 7th click from full counterclockwise (first position counts as click 1). This is perfect for the current compression settings. I've found that rebound sometimes needs to be readjusted when compression damping is changed.
4. Bottom out 1/2 turn from minimum (out of 3 turns). I may go lower on this, too. With the proper spring rate, I don't need much bottom out protection. I imagine I could go quite a bit lower on compression damping and then use more bottom out, but I like the linear feel of the coil shock and don't want to mess with this too much. This setting was extremely useful when I had the wrong spring.
5. Propedal 10 clicks from full counterclockwise. There is a large range here, too (I think 17 clicks). I need to mess with this more, but the current setting is very good.
My Turner RFX was my all time favorite bike. The big difference between it and the Moment is probably the platform shock. With the bottom out and propedal settings off, the bike is just as I remembered my RFX: stable, plush, confidence inspiring, and despite the weight, a climbing fool. Like Bikezilla has said about his 5-spot, just don't stop pedaling and hang on: you'll clear many things you don't think you can. Things are even better than the RFX with the Propedal turned on (RFX had a 1999 Vanilla RC shock). With the Propedal on full strength there seems to be a slight decrease in small bump absorbtion, so I have it set where there is some slight motion when I pedal squares, but it really reduces the wallowing.
I like the Fox TALAS fork, but it feels a little noodly and inexact in comparison to the back end. I may still go for a 6 inch through axle fork in the future, but I ride with my weight pretty far back and I'm not sure I need to change. I'll be going to Gooseberry in the next few days and the square edged hits there will tell me a lot.
My Blur is a completely different animal. I like it for speed, but the coil shock and longer travel make the Moment ride like people covered the terrain with feather pillows in comparison. I haven't measured the bottom bracket yet, but it is definitely higher than the Blur (low BB is the Blur's weakest point for my local rides) and I'd say it's perfect for me. If I can wrangle up a team for the 24H of Moab this year, I plan on using the Blur for my first lap and the Moment for the night time laps. I usually get 4 laps, so by the end of the race, it will be interesting what bike I prefer for the last lap. I think it will probably be the Moment.
I think the Moment is much more fun than the Blur for my local rides. The plusher suspension, the small bump absorbtion and the sturdy feel are what I want when I'm out to enjoy myself. If I do the Brian Head 100 or 1 day White Rim again, it will be on my Blur because of weight and efficiency.
I ordered the Blur without riding one. Once I got it, I felt that it was only slightly better than my Turner O2, but I was comparing 4.5 inches of travel on the Blur with 3 inches on the O2. The Blur is a great bike and I plan on keeping it, but if I could have done a month long demo, I probably would have just kept the O2, or moved up to a Turner Burner.
Overall, I think Ellsworth has hit their target with this bike. I'm glad I have it and would recommend it to anyone who rides the trails I do in Southern Utah. The shock is great, but if you don't like fiddling with its settings, you just might get a headache trying to figure it out.
I'll post more pictures and my final shock settings in a new thread when I'm through playing with the shock.