Pros: Heavy, think frame feels like a solid bike. I really like the frame on this bike. The tubing diameter is larger than most bikes, and the head tube is solid.
Cons: The Dart 3 shocks are junk, they leak. My chain keeps jamming between the frame and chainring. How I have a bent chainring, and heavily scarred frame. its under warranty, but I am tired of taking it to the LBS every week for another issue. Same yourself and buy the Giant Yukon. Its a much better bike for less.
Recommendation: I wouldn't recommend this bike. While the frame itself is great, the components are very faulty.
Pros: For the money, I couldn't find a better deal. Gary Fisher & the Rockhoppers where both substantially more w/ comparible components. For someone new to mt. biking in colorado like myself, it seems to be a great entry level bike.
Cons: After only a couple of rides, one of the teeth on the front crank shaft chipped off. It was under warranty and replaced by the bikeshop i purchased it from.
Recommendation: Great overall mt. bike. Would defintatly recommend.
Pros: 09's are complete with full SRAM X-7, BB5 Discs, and an upgraded Dart 3 frontend with a lockout feature. I have the XL and suprisingly the fork is where most of the weight appears to be. For $650, who could complain?
Cons: Non yet.. Still in the break-in mode.
Recommendation: Great setup and won't break the bank.
Cons: Lower end components compared to equivalent competitor models. Heavy.
Recommendation: Local bike shop lets you try the bikes out for a week before you buy, so for giggles I gave this one a whirl. At a first glance you notice that all the components on this thing are low end, which is not necessary a bad thing, it just usually adds quite a bit of weight compared to higher end components. Add that on top of the already heavy frame though and this thing is a tank. It's a quality bike, but if you're going to be doing any real riding, you can do a lot better in this price range going with a competitors model.
Pros: Very good, stiff frame, nice forks, good componentry, responsive, light.
Cons: The hydraulics can be squeaky, can be some hard chain-slap on quick and rough descents.
Recommendation: Great bike, mine is the largest frame (XL) and has Shimano hydraulic brakes which are great in muddy, wet conditions. The bike flows round trails well and is a good climber. Great bike for an upgrade.