@matthewproctor did you get that Roscoe in the end?
Your thread gave me another nudge to ditch my dual suspension for the simplicity of a hardtail. And a cue to look at, and then buy the Roscoe a little while ago (thanks!):
I loved my previous carbon Epic Evo. It was comfy, suitably light and awesome when I was stage & marathon racing more often. But in recent years it was losing out to road rides, runs and surfs and hung in the garage depreciating.
At R25k on sale the Roscoe was a no brainer for my current MTB needs.
After a few rides on it I'm 110% sold on the decision. It's a fun, capable bike with upgrade potential if I feel inclined. All without the guilt of a shiny carbon bike losing value in the garage.
On my local Tokai trails (the mid-range Snakes, nothing too hectic) it's impressively smooth. I definitely notice where the DS made me a lazy rider and now have to use my knees and hips more to soak up drops, etc. But I see that as more of a feature than a bug. Overall happy with the HT and so far knees and back aren't laying any complaints.