Appreciate the feedback rockman! Have you demoed a V4 Ripley....I did last year and thought it was amazing. Thanks again dude...I'll post to help and also Sedona/Flagstaff are my stomping grounds not that that matters but I do like the Offering in Sedona chunk. I find it a bit floppy, however, in slow uphill climbing. 150 fork 51mm offset in Low. I also rode the bike in a couple of enduro races last year over my Turner RFX. First 29r I've been on that doesn't feel like a wagon wheel bike. It doesn't pedal as well as my V2 Ibis Ripley but that bike sets the standard for uphill prowess. I'm more about the down.
Anyhow, I'm 5'11.5" and 190lb and on a medium. 55mm stem with 780 bars. After a year on the bike I'm still quite happy with a med.