Downhillnews spent almost 5 months aboard the Taniwha. They posted their findings a few weeks back.
"The Pinion gearbox on the Zerode moves weight off the back wheel and centers it as low as possible on the BB. This gives The Taniwha a distinct advantage over a traditional derailleur system in the suspension department. Saving almost two pounds off the back wheel makes the suspension much more active at slower speeds. Another thing that is unique to The Taniwha is it's fixed chain line that optimizes pedaling performance. It gives the bike a unique feel on the pedals and in theory is better. Going up and over rocky terrain, the bike feels like it rolls over terrain easily even when applying power. Cornering is something I mentioned earlier and the Taniwha excels at this. This is a weak point in my riding and the Zerode provided tons of traction and a very wide body weight window. I have the tendency to weight the front too much at times and this never happened once while riding this bike. It feels as if the Zerode grants the rider and extra foot of room to make body adjustments while riding. Also worth mentioning is removing the most easily damaged item off the back wheel and eliminating it."
Downhillnews Zerode Taniwha Test