The generous cockpit centers you on the bike, improving traction and corner control. The low bottom bracket, slack headtube angle and reduced fork offset keep things stable in the rough. A steep seat tube optimizes power output and climbing balance. Short chainstays keep things nimble.
To hone handling to your style and terrain, simply switch the FlipChip at the rear shock eye to change bottom bracket height by 7mm and headtube angle by one-half degree. Low and lax delivers more stability, while high and steep makes for a more nimble ride.