I've not ridden a hardtail for many years and I've never ridden a modern hardtail with aggressive geometry. It was a nice run up to the Pike first thing to check what this Nukeproof Scout 290 Comp Demo bike can do. It did just what I thought on the flat and climbs, with strava pr's everywhere. It did surprise me dropping into some technical descents with its capability. Sure you go slower than a full-suss Enduro bike, but it feels just as much fun for the given speed. I made it down the front of the Pike alive put it that way