Thanks, sourcing silver components is a real hassle at times!
It is definitely firmer than the Unit at the rear but I've found I actually like that on a 29er where I may not have done on a 26" wheel bike.
I think that the extra volume to the rear tyre (30psi) largely negates the firmer aluminium frame and actually leads to a ride that is still fairly supple but feels much more positive on the trail, both under acceleration and when cornering.
I have ridden the bikes back to back on woodland single track and the Unit feels sluggish and a little ponderous compared to the Scandal.
In addition the Scandal seems far better suited to the 100mm Reba and steering is as accurate as on a quick 26" bike. It is particularly noticeable on the twisty stuff and tight lines through the trees (which Ed knows is my favourite type of trail). In these conditions you really notice the Unit's bigger wheels but with the Scandal I felt as quick as I would have done on my Maxlight or Fire Mountain.
In defence of the Unit it has got fairly heavy wheels on it compared to the Scandal but interestingly both bikes are spot on 26lbs weight so fairly evenly matched.
I was particularly pleased with the 26lbs weight for the Scandal which I reckon is pretty good for a geared 29er that hasn't particularly been weight weenied