I am a novice rider, I like single track, and ride for the exercise and challenge. This is my first 29er and first dual suspension bike. I have a Trek hard tail that I like but I decided to upgrade. I'm very glad I did, the bike is lighter, taller, handles better, rides easy, has adjustable suspension, disc brakes. I put in 20 miles my first ride and I could not be happier. If you are wondering if a 29er would ride better vs. a 26er, don't think any longer. Its a lot better, and I feel a lot better clearing obstacles.