Amazing how riding in the mtns works... Gotta pay to play.
I 'grew up' mtn biking around VA Tech. Same situation: Up, up, up, up... to get down! down!
...and that was on a 30# Rockhopper! (started out rigid at 27# but that Manitou 2 was SO worth it!)
I'm a cyclist that rides motos, not a moto rider that rides bicycles.