August 29, 2015
Frame strength 6061 Aluminium
Low Cost upfront and long term
tires (came with Schwalbes)
coil spring Fork
Maintenance of low-level components
I have been riding this bike for over 6 months now and overall I'm pleased with it! I take her mostly on single track intermediate level trails mostly, occasionally going to the actual mountains or riding through some black diamonds and the overdrive handles them well, provided you know the limitations of the components and the frame. i.e. I'm not hucking her off 6' drops or blasting though rock gardens.
I upgraded the rear derailleur from the shimano tourney to the alivio (only about a $10 increase btwn the two) and the performance is night and day better. I had to replace the seatpost as well but that was because I landed hard on a jump with my seat up to high and I bent it. (I'm a 6'2" 230lb guy who rides hard so it was bound to happen)
The frame is solid, wish the rear was a thru axle instead of QR for added stiffness through higher G-force turns.
This is a great bike for anyone who wants to seriously look into MTB'ing or who needs a solid commuter bike (add a set slick tires and a luggage rack on back and you're good to go.)
If you have the $$$ and are REALLY serious about MTB, I'd spring for the "Comp" model, you get a 2x10 Deore drive train, Rock Shox XC30 Fork, hydraulic disk brakes, and a 1.5" tapered headtube for added strength/control.