Pros: Rolls over almost anything, relatively light.
Cons: Entry level gear
Recommendation: My first mountain bike and it has been great. The 29er tires seem to go up rocks almost by themselves. The only bad things are that I had to change out the seat, the rails bent. The tires lasted about 8 months on rocky trails. The grips weren't too comfortable so I changed those out as well. Those are relatively minor things when you look at the whole picture.
Pros: rolls over stuff, rides smooth, lighter (mine is 29.7lbs) and has held up well so far.
Cons: It's entry level so do not beat it up to bad. seat, petals, grips are entry level as well. You will likely changes these out anyways
Recommendation: Yes I would. If I could have afforded a better component group I would have. In light of that, I love my bike and ride it a lot. The 29er smooths out the trails and rolls fast. Just enough suspension to ease the roots and rocks. The wheels have remain true despite the rider(6'4" & 245#) A little slower in the corners than my Trek 820 with 26 inches wheels, however My laps times are the same on either bike. And you learn the bike soon enough. Shifters have functioned without fail and the brake lock up when I want and modulate well under hard braking.