There are A Lot of bikes with FSR patents. I think The Brain gimmick is to make up for a poor frame design with some Specialized rigs.
That brain has been out for a while, I test rode one about 7 years ago West Maui Cycles. I remember thinking it was pretty sweet then. But, I didn't know where to ride, and a lot of the testing was off urbanite substances. The owner offered me quite the deal as he was having trouble selling them.
There is a difference between Specialized bikes and frames that use the FSR patent. I do think some of the new Specialized bikes are pretty nice (without La Brain). I still wouldn't buy one.
If the Niner wasn't so expensive to build up (tapered steerer, fancy headsets, etc.), and have the recalls, I would probably get one.
The Outlander is spec'd with XO stuff, C29SSMAX, etc., I can get a pro deal, and it can roll over Moonrocks without a toe touch. : )