My local Cub dealer is a tailhole also. That's why I bought a Lesco from 80 miles away instead of a Cub here locally. I've not heard real impressive fuel consumption numbers on the 29hp L/C DFI. You can read here that I have had the same complaint about turning my Ztwo. Turns out the biggest part of it was the castle nuts on top of the casters were applying too much pre-load on the roller bearings. Loosened them one notch and it helped tremedously. No problems except on shady lawns where stuff is super tender. The wheelbase on them now is really short. I think they are the shortest 60" available now. The front fork rake is still too steep in angle / though. They are almost straight up, so the front forks do not spin as easily as others. But I'm sure the newer models feel better than the 2000 models. Anyways, I personally still feel that the machine does feel a bit lumbersome underneath me. It gives the illusion of front heaviness, but it is really NOT. It's a 75/25 balance F/R... and I know for a FACT that the feeling is illusion because I have tried counter-weighting the machine heavily to the rear and there is really no effect. Just makes the front bounce around more and takes away the beautiful striaght-line tracking the machine has. The issue is in the steepness of the fork rake. Hustler is supposed to eventually offer flex forks for other machines and as soon as they do, I'm getting a pair because they have nice rake on them. Unless I get restless and have some custom ones made.... All in all though, I'm happy with my Ztwo... really happy actually. While I do not mind sharing my personal preference dislikes about the machine, they are nothing that would make me change brands, that's for sure. It will take a good company like Hustler making a machine that can match it's performance, reliablity and cut quality to even get my attention on another brand.