Bought this bike a couple weeks ago and it is awesome. Had a hardtail stumpjumper and was concerned that moving to a FS bike would cause problems climbing, boy was a wrong. This baby climbs even better than my old bike, but really shines when you point it downhill. Super stable and sucks up most trail chatter. The bike just yearns for more speed but yet is super stable. I went from a personal best of 18 min on a local xc loop all the way down to 14.5 min, couldn't believe it when i looked. All and all, couldn't be happier with the bike. One disclaimer, i did change out the stock tires for a pair of mountain king 2.4 conti 's so can't say how the stock ones are.