Cons: Cassette went pretty quickly, no disc brakes (it is setup for them... So maybe a used set off Craigslist)
Recommendation: I'd buy it again!. I'm 6'1" and weigh 230lbs... I beat the hell out of mine... And have only had to have a new cassette/chain... I take it up and down falcon trail in co springs every week and it still holds up
Pros: Upgraded suspension to a Dart 3 with lockout.
Light frame, solid construction.
Cons: Horrible seat, first thing to be replaced.
Recommendation: After upgrading from a ancient Trek 820 this year I can't believe how much easier life is with a aluminum frame. One of my riding buddies had a 4500 from a few years ago so I took the plunge and did a major upgrade. After the first few rides this year I can say its well worth the money. Smooth shifting and a great bike. The lockout feature on the Dart 3 is well worth the extra money if you do any sort of road or paved trail riding. MSRP is now $659 for the '09 year.