I have the same issue with my Hightower but rarely get peddle strikes on my Hardtail. Everything has trade offs. Never thought about suspensions or geometry until the past couple of years. Old school bikes didn’t handle as well but didn’t have to think about much other than try to avoid an OTB.I don't know what length the crank arms on my Hightower are, but what I found worked for me was to just put extra air in the shock and keep it on firm most of the time. Obviously you then don't get to use the full travel, but you gotta make some tradeoffs or hit your pedals on every rock on the trail. Or I guess you could learn how to ride a bike and try to time your pedal strokes, but nobody's got time for that.