Recommendation: For beginners this is a good bike. I bought it several years ago as a hardtail addition to my fleet to ride with my wife. Eventually I upgrades components and repainted the frame. It is my hardtail go to bike. It's even lasted longer than my wife.
Cons: -The cheaper components didn't withstand regular, hard riding (several days a week)
Recommendation: I recommend this bike for anyone starting out in the sport who are unsure of whether or not they want to continue it. This bike will get you out on the trail, but if you like it enough to ride it several times a week, the components will not withstand the abuse.
Recommendation: This is my first mountain bike for trails, and i ride in chattanooga with pro riders with 3 thousand dollar bikes and all their fancy gear and i still stay with them- i have ran this hard tail hard! and it has only kept on riding! def reccomend this bike for anyone that wants to start Offroad biking with a bang!