Even running a firmer compound on the back would take that feeling away. I'm sure you're running triple C. Exo or dual compound would give the bike more zip. Take it a step further and throw an aggressor or dissector out back. Something a little less blocky but still very capable. I try and tell my friends all the time that are just getting into it that I can't express enough that there's not a single component that will drastically change how your bike rides like tires do.
Good thoughts guys. I'll look into a tire swap. Aggressor might be a good start. I am enjoying the corning grip that my old Ardents can't match.Why a DHF outback, I think an Aggressor, DHR2, Dissector, Forekaster suits the bike much more when talking about Maxxis. I'm not shocked it feels sluggish with that tire in the back. The 429 is probably a good bike, but the offering will say "hold my beer, and watch this" not really in the same realm although MTB YUM YUM seems to think its plenty capable.
DHF rear because that's what it came with. Not spec but neither were my fork or seatpost. I was stoked just to get the bike and the other changes so didn't argue about the tire.
As for the 429 question. I purposely bought an Offering and realized I wasn't buying a xc rocket. Just seeing that bike contrasted with what I was feeling made the contrast tangible. Conversely, I'm hitting drops and hucks that I've never tried before and my Offering is asking for more. That's a great feeling. I've got big plans to (try to) give it all it can handle this summer.
Also, I tweaked my body position: moved my seat forward and up a cm each and started rolling my hands forward on the bars. This put me in more of an attack position and made it easier for me to access power. That change, the ground firming up a bit, and my body just naturally adjusting meant I felt a little more forward boost when on the power this weekend.