A few quick points about the article
- The author did not provide all the math and formulations so we need to take it on faith that the correct formulae were used and there are not implementation errors.
- The author also only considered one bike, the 2015 Giant Reign 27.5".
- Finally, the results seem reasonable to me.
The main take home from the article (which is well known) is that the drive train affects rear suspension performance, and that the chain angle (vertical chain line) also impacts rear suspension performance.
Right now there are a myriad of rear suspension designs, each with different characteristics and all optimized to a different set of characteristics the designing engineer considered important. Taking an older design that was optimized for double (or even triple) chain ring set up and putting on a 1x drivetrain could have unintended performance effects as suggested by the author. Running extra wide rear cassettes can also have an effect.
What would be an interesting follow-up analysis would be to look the anti-squat/pedal kickback characteristics of full suspension bikes marketed with 1x drivetrains. I am sure the designing engineer knows of these problems and took a particular path to optimizing the solution.
It would also be interesting to compare the numbers from fundamentally different suspension designs (e.g., virtual pivots, Horst linkages, single suspension arms, free floating designs... the list goes on).
Finally we shouldn't overlook the type of shock used in the design, some are designed to mitigate peddling input and shocks designed to block out pedal bob would facilitate using a design with less anti-squat.
What does it all mean?
I raise all these issues to illustrate that there is no simple single answer. No one is "raising alarm" because gross generalizations are simply not possible. There are a lot of engineering nuances that need to be considered and unfortunately cannot be summarized in a simple one-size fits all statement that might trend on twitter.
Caveat - I am neither a suspension designer or an engineer. It would be nice to hear input from someone who if officially trained and practicing.