December 10, 2012
I got this bike at a year end close out special last year for about 1800 dollars. This was my first full suspension bike, so I was worried about climbing, pedal rebound etc. I seriously did not notice any difference between my TREK 6500 HARDTAIL and this bike when on flat land, climbing, or pedaling hard. Rides just as good as a hardtail, with the added benefit of trail dampening qualities when riding hard and fast downhill. The front and rear suspension is total quality, as well as most of the components that come stock on the bike. I usually ride very rocky East Coast terrain, and this bike just glides over many of the rocks.
The matte black and gold color scheme is smooth, and the bike does not seem any heavier to me than my hardtail.
For the price, a better set of tires than the stock Bontrager ones would be nice.
I would definitely recommend this bike, especially if you can get it for the price that I did.