This frame is kind of the next step up from the old Rockhopper SS frame I tested last year. I liked a lot about that 'Hopper SS frame: The spit shell eccentric BB, the long top tube, the handling, the short back end. But the frame simply was not refined enough (too flexy) to make it a great SS choice, especially when the ride was only so-so as far as compliance. However, even with the under-built chassis, it still pedaled very well and accelerated nicely.
Specialized woke up corporately and spec'd 27.2mm seatposts on the hardtails I have seen for 2012. That is sooo smart as a nice 27.2mm post will go a long ways toward softening the blows up through the saddle. Then, run a WTB Pure V saddle. Comfy, yet firm, and with a rear kick to it that allows you to unweight a bit and still put some power to the pedals. Then, a decent fork...maybe even 100mm...not sure yet. But at the bottom end, I am going to run some 2.25 tires or bigger and at a max of 25psi. That ought to make a difference.
Me and Sisyphus. We are such romantics.