Pros: Plush and efficient suspension. Light bike (given the >6" travel). Hayes stroker are good brakes. Got me the 2008 model in 2009 at a great price. Immediately replaced the wheels (XT hubs and DT rims) and BB (SLX) set which use to be the weak link in my 2006. I hope the 2008 will last longer than my 2006 Reign 0 (was good bike but lasted less than 2 years).