snip... has the lowered model limited your off road options? Iím assuming itís going to handle better off road with this standard seat height..any input would be appreciated.
That worry is often expressed, but (2016 lowered here) I have yet to read any report of a rider on a lowered complaining about its lack of height, or claiming that "If only I were on a standard height [xyz] wouldn't have happened."
Of course inches are inches and a test terrain could be shown to affect a lowered though not a standard in a static test, but put a rider on the bike, and add speed and suspension adjustments, one rock sticking up, etc. and the variables are significant enough to make a true "dynamic" test very difficult to perform, much less assess in terms of lowered vs standard.
In short, I think, that worry is a hypothesis that is difficult to prove to be significant in real life even though it just seems like common sense. Lowered suspensions often are delivered with the "low seat," and some shops will switch out a standard seat on request
In 44k miles on mine, admittedly by far mostly, but not all, asphalt, I have no scrape or dents on my bottom plate.There are probably plenty out there who view this bike as the ultimate road bike and off-road performance or capability is a nice, but a secondary feature.