Well tonight I went back and paid a visit to Scott's Cyclery in Willimantic, CT - I used to live in Mansfield, CT and Scott's was my LBS back then. It is a cool shop - filled with a lot of old school stuff as well as some nice new road bikes etc. etc......just one of those unique kinds of shops. Well they had an older Fisher Mt. Tam sitting there - so I took her out for a little spin around the parking lot and side street adjacent to the shop. This 29er fit me well and I felt like I was sitting "in between" the wheels so to speak, vs. being up on top of the bike. The bigger wheels were pretty damned cool and boy was this thing light for a 29er - I guess it was due to the AL frame and the XT and XTR level stuff on it as well as it being a V-brake bike vs. a disc bike. Was significantly lighter than my Surly. The ride was a little harsh due to the frame being AL, but I did like the bigger wheels, they sure do roll over stuff real real easily that's fo sho. It was my first time throwing a leg over one of these and pedalling it around for a bit - made me want to take it out for a day on the trails. Maybe I'll have to call Scott up and see if he'd let me do that.