The Myst heads out of the start gate well under power and seems lively from the off. It feels like the carbon layup has had plenty of attention to tuning and the entire bike seemed smooth with no vibration or harshness heading into fast rough sections. The suspension is superbly supple off the top, and has really good mid-stroke support and bottom out resistance. Fox's 2019 Factory suspension is unbelievably good from the outset following the recommended settings, and I'm sure more performance could be gained if I spent more time on one bike, but for me and the majority of riders it will be more than enough for a range of conditions from stock. Only serious racers and tinkerers will need to look into any further tuning for race day performance.
Matching the 460mm of reach to an equal chainstay struck a really good balance front to rear, giving the bike a more neutral a comfortable shape compared to a similar bike with an equal reach and much shorter chainstay. Thanks to the adjustable 445mm/460mm chainstay that is shared between the M and L sizes, riders should find an equal balance on both sizes of frames. The neutral and equal shape gave great control when adjusting grip forwards or backward when things started to slide, and believe it or not, you can still manual a bike with 460mm chainstays without any problem.
Many riders are convinced that a single pivot bike cannot perform as well as a multi-pivot machine, but the Myst proves that the sum of the entire bike is greater than the number of pivots. Good geometry, build and tune is the most important thing, and I really like the way many single pivot bikes ride – generating speed well when pumping, and the geometry is preserved more under braking, which I still consider more valuable than not having 'brake jack' in the bumps; it makes you consider line choice more, and braking hard and late and then getting off the brakes as soon as possible.
Overall I would describe the Myst as responsive and lively, but it still gives confidence and holds a line well when things get rowdy.