Mogo was fantastic. Lots of good trails but mainly XC oriented (some more enduro type of trails if you knew where to look).
Woodburn is fun but very groomed, not somewhere that would keep me entertained for very long...Ulludulla similarly has some more natural rockier stuff if you know where...
The Rainier is a good post, ultra reliable, unaffected by cold weather etc, and it's ridiculously easy to service as well. I just find the return speed a touch slow and it takes a bit more effort/weight to drop it (I'm being pretty pedantic here though).
The Manic is just a bit silkier in...
Agreed, 27.5 was a way for companies to obsolete 26 without putting in the effort developing half decent 29ers (Giant).
26 and 29 are perfectly fine and serve the whole market, no need for this inbetween bullshit.
Boost as well, 157mm is where its at.
Recommend the Force AM...light and fast but still strong. The centre tread is quite shallow but not like a Minion SS or Slaughter. I find it a better all rounder than those two though, just works much better up steep climbs and under brakes.
The casing is much better than EXO.
Easy as. In general, found the Michelin's to be fit quite tight on the rim compared to others, which once on makes them super easy to inflate tubeless. Mines got a few sealant spots on the sidewall now, about 650-700kms in.
I only run them rear, I've paired it with the Wild AM up front.
Michelin Force AM 2.35.
Casing is way stronger than any of those tyres, plus stronger than Mezcal TNT, Schwalbe Snakeskin, Specialized Control.
Rolling resistance and weight is surprisingly low for the toughness on offer.
Bonus is the top of the line competition ones can be had for $50 off...
I've had Transfer and X Fusion Manic...IMO save your $$$ and get the X Fusion. It's heavy but reliable and smooth as, especially with a wolftooth remote or specialized SRL.
PNW posts are well worth a look too, currently rocking the Rainier (not as silky as the X Fusion though).
Or Brand X...