Just a quick little review on the Thudbuster currently posted on my 06 Paragon. This item is at the top of my list this year for new bike things! It's really not a geek thing, but works very well. I talked with Thudbuster and they told me exactly how to set one up. .25" closer to the handlebar and .25 higher on the saddle. That should set it up for proper sag, worked for me and worked for my wife's Stumpjumper. I weigh 180 lbs and I have installed 2 blue bumpers adjusted the sag a little and it seems to ride real nice there for me. I have ridden several FS bikes in the 26er days and this rides every bit as nice as a Titus Racer X 26er. I can climb all fireroads seated and a lot of single track, for desending I sometimes end up grabbing the saddle between my legs and end up using it that way too! I am very happy with this and don't have to worry about the extra weight of FS, the pedal bobbing or worrying about the rear shock. I just set it up and have left it. Keep your hardtail, dial up your favorite bike part source (got mine for $99!) put a Thudbuster on and forget about that new FS you wanted. With a 29er and a Thudbuster you now have all you need! Any questions shoot!