Pros: I just had this bike built and it is a little pricey but hands down the best bike I have ever ridden. It climbs like a beast and I have taken it off some pretty good drops and it sucks them up. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. Badass bike!
Pros: Everything! I rented this bike for the day because I have never ridden an FS bike before and it made it very hard to go back to my hardtail. I haven't ridden any other FS 29ers but I wouldn't hesitate one minute getting this bike.
It made me a better rider and I enjoyed the ride so much more compared to my hardtail.
Cons: Giving it back to University Bicycles in Boulder, CO after my rental was done (they are the best dealer in the area by the way...)
Recommendation: Buy this bike! As soon as I can talk my wife into letting me spend 3 grand on a bicycle I'll be getting one.
Pros: Everthing, custom build, SRAM XO thru-out, just an excellent all around 29"er. So glad i made the switch from the Carbon rush lefty. This bike is a beast on the single track. Follow their modo "pedal damit" thats all you need to do!!
Cons: Cost on the custom build, BUT it mine my way. NO regrets!
Recommendation: Ofmf = one fast mother f^* %#!!! Not for the timid
Pros: Everything, the ride, the handling, the suspension, and the size the bike just rocks. I love riding it the best thing is the speed. This bike is so super fast. Custom built with my selected components, from Fox 32 F29 FIT, to Crank brothers pedals and rims.
Cons: The Cost, its expensive but worth it if you can afford it.
Recommendation: Want more speed, more climbing, more fun, the get this bike. The last bike I will own. Very highly recommend (but start saving now).
Pros: Handling is great. Takes the big hits/drops and just rolls on. The 29 wheels really hold momentum. Raw finish looks great. Solid frame. Long rear travel with Fox RP23. Custom built with my selection of components.
Cons: costs alot more to custom build than a factory bike. But you get what you pay for. Wish it could be 4 lbs lighter,...but then I'd worry about what would break.
Recommendation: NO FEAR on this bike. Keeps a confident track over rough stuff. Adapted my riding style to more plowing through -less worry over the terrain. Can look further ahead and not worry about ruts & rocks. Climbs very well. Wants to descend faster than I will let it. Overall excellent bike. Very highly recommend (but start saving now).
Pros: Geometry, Anodized finish, Fox RP23, RaceFace cranks, and YAWYD top cap!
Cons: WTB LaserDisc Lite wheelset (not easily converted to tubeless)
Recommendation: Pure Fun! I bought this bike after trashing my Trek Fuel EX8 and absolutely love it! I can clear so many more obstacles that I had a hard time with on the 26" Trek. The bigger tires really do just roll over most obstacles. This bike does EVERYTHING my Trek could do better and easier. Niner definitely knows 29" bikes and it shows.