Bit sad to see my old Rockhopper go, lots of memories, my most fond trying to keep up with full suspension people on inappropriate trails. And in with the new Fuse: Traction is incredible on the Fuse. It has boost spacing, 34mm stanchions and a through axle which do make a noticeable difference to the stiffness and confidence in the front end. Over all it definitely gives confidence to take on gnarly stuff over the Rockhopper. Downside are it feels slower to accelerate, and I've not found the sweet spot to reduce the bounce from the rear end. I would also prefer a more progressive spring, I seem to be blowing through travel too easily and it's diving under braking more than the old bike. Not sure if the slacker head angle would be contributing to that?