December 14, 2016
Tons of fun, plus tires are a blast on a hardtail. Also a great bike to learn to ride on. The big tires are very forgiving and allow a new rider to make some mistakes without consequence. Smart component spec at a good price.
I thought the stock stem was a little long on large and xl frames, not a big deal though and this will probably differ for every rider.
If you're looking to get into MTB, or are looking for a bike that can put a smile on your face without breaking the bank, you could do a lot worse than the Beast of the East. It's definitely worth springing for component spec 2 over the 3, in my opinion. Gets you a set WTB Bridger 3.0 tires over the Trail Blazer 2.8s, Rockshox Reba fork, Deore brakes, and a SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain. Probably worth it for the drivetrain alone as that extra gear is definitely helpful on steep climbs where you begin to feel the increased resistance of those plus-sized tires.