August 29, 2015
Solid list of components (SLS and XT, Maestro suspension).
Fast on flats and climbing, and faster through twisty trails.
Suspension range (4 inch rear, 5 inch front) is well-suited to windey trails with a few rough sections. Probably not enough for big drops or descents, but perfect for this area (central North America).
I came off a hard tail 29er, and this is faster and more fun.
Seat is so-so, but easy to replace.
After 4 months of hard rides, I may have to upgrade the rear wheel (still runs fine, but apparently it has bent slightly).
Fun to ride.
I would rate 4.5 because that rear wheel may not be of the same calibre as the other components.