These are going to be short reviews since it was generally short rides. At the end I'll talk about components in general from all of the bikes.
I really wanted to ride the SX Trail, but they didn't have one, so I got to ride the Enduro and the Camber.
Enduro - first of all, to be honest, I'm not sure exactly which model of Enduro I was on, I just looked on the website and did not see it. The one I rode had a RS Lyric fork and SRAM X.0 parts. No brain. It's come a long way since my old '04 Enduro. More into the big hit realm. It climbs better, but it's not exactly nimble definitely meant to go fast. The suspension does a nice job on the ripples, but leaves a bit to be desired on rougher stuff.
Camber 29er - I had not yet ridden a 29er that I really like. The Camber kind of lived up to my expectations. Twitchy and cumbersome at the same time. Not for me, I still don't like this color of Kool-Aid.
Blur TRC (AKA Blur Trail) - I was pretty excited to try this bike. It kind f fits with what I am looking for in a new bike. On paper anyway. It's a 5" travel bike with a slack headangle. It was really not fun on tight single track. Climbed OK. On the way down the hill though, WOW, it's like being a god among men. I wanted to like this bike so much that I tried it twice. In the end though, I couldn't like it. I can think of a few reasons why. I think it would have been better with a Fox rear shock, and I think the compression damping was off. I think it was especially noticeable because the bike has a lower leverage ratio than the other SC bikes.
Nomad carbon - Again, very excited to ride this bike. 6" travel. Mostly built for going down the hill, but hills that you have to pedal up. Nice bike, but didn't fall in love. It felt a bit slow (as did the TRC). Handled great on the downhills, but was it as good as the TRC? Maybe not. That thing was great. Again, I think this bike was being held back by it's Rock Shox rear shock. As much as I did like this bike, I think the Mojo HD that I tried last year climbed better and was better balanced. That said, I feel that if I owned the Nomad, it could be tuned to my liking.
Tallboy - Another 29er? Yes, another 29er. I took it on the same super tight loop as the TRC, and wow, I could ride it so much faster. Not because of the big hoops, but because it handled so much better. It was really nice, it felt a little odd (and I think I'd have changed the stem length), but it was very predictable and would let me change lines whenever I wanted to. It charged on the loose snowmobile trails, and climbed better than any of the other SCs. I was stuck in the 42T ring, but didn't care, I really didn't need the 29 that I was using on the TRC. I could own this bike.
Tracer 29 - another 29er. Just a very short ride on this bike. I rode it for just part of the very slippery ride, and will try it again. For now, let's just say that I did not hate it.
Tubeless vs. Tubes - the Enduro had tubes. I got my first flat since 2004. Tubes suck.
SRAM vs. Shimano - every bike from Spec and SC that I rode was a SRAM bike. One of them had accurate rear shifting, the rest did not. They're all demo bikes, and get washed every single day, so for sure it's hard to keep the cables in good shape, but I thought that was the whole idea behind 1:1 that it would let you ride on crap cables (the SCs had Gore Ride-On, btw and even they were knackered).
2x10 vs. 3x10 - I like my 3 ring cranks. Even more so now. First of all, in most cases, the 32T is the "money" gear. On the 2x cranks, you generally don't have it. On the Enduro, I had to shift on the front more than I ever have before and I threw the chain twice. This is progress? The 29 was too small and the 42 was too big. It can make sense on some of the bikes and fr some people, but I don't think they should be throwing it at everything.
Rock Shox Reverb seatpost - Get one. Everybody should have one. I only got a taste of it, and am not yet "trained" to use it much, but I sure can see how it could change the game. The beauty of it is that it's rock solid, no wiggle at all. If you never touched the button, you'd never know that it's a dropper post. Crank Brothers et al., had better have something on the drawing boards as I can't imagine buying any other ropper post, price be damned.
Giant demo this weekend, hoping to try the Anthem 29er and the Reign X.