Pivot are still working on the CAD and FEA models that will restrict shock access even more, while having an even larger glory hole for rocks to smash into the compression adjusters on an RC4. It's similar to a tree falling in a forest. If your shock dies when a rock hits it, will anyone even care? Why can't the shock mounting be like on the firebird? It's easy to work on, and doesn't get much crap flung into it. Then there are the redundant optional replacement rear dropouts that allow you to adjust the head angle just as the headset included in the frame does, and will cost way more than a simple hanger when you bust one with your derailleur, like the $200 dollar Intense ones. Hell, the one thing I've always wanted with my sunday was adjustability so I could run 69 degree head angles and fifteen and a half inch bottom bracket heights and pretend it's fifteen years ago.
I'm going to replace my sunday with a new dw link DH frame, but it's not going to be a pivot if it's as decribed. Starts with a D and ends with HR. My firebird's been a gem, the best bike I've owned so far overall. I've had some slight niggles living with it, but the phoenix has issues I don't wan't to deal with just looking at it. Why no raw and anodised options either? Black or white paint only? Who was the graphic designer on this? Henry Ford? Intense are a smaller boutique outfit, they have colours. Did red China suddenly place a paint embargo on Taiwan?