Pros: Drive train is rock solid Geometry is great for a big guy
Cons: Pedals will shred your skin like knives Frt Fork is little too squishy for larger People. I am 6'4" and 250 lbs, Geax tires are useless in NE
Recommendation: This is the best Bike I have owned. I live in New England so there are alot of rocks, pine needles and roots and this bike takes the pounding going down and climbs like a champ. This year doesn't have the lockout feature for the fron fork but I'm not sure I would use it anyway.This is my first bike with disk brakes so I am not a good source for that. $600 Brand new and it is still going strong!
Pros: Shifters and derailers are great for the money. Very well made.
Cons: Bike is just under 32 lbs. Somewhat heavy.
Recommendation: My first MTB. I bought used 2 years ago for $300. Very rugged and dependable. I recommend it for someone looking to get into mountain biking. I will keep this bike even if I upgrade someday.
Pros: I like the sram power train shifters and derailleurs, do not need frequent adjsutments. Avid disc brakes, value of bike for the money.
Cons: Grips upgraded too thin hands went numb, the geax tires good for speed but not for the tight turns, upgraded to stans tubless and to panaracers xc. frt shock alittle on the heavy side but I paid $600.00
Recommendation: I recomend fot the first time buyer, cuz of the powertrain components and the price.With a few upgrades on the tires and grips and of you are a weight weinne upgrade some parts to carbon fiber.
I weighed the bike just under 30lbs.