This is my 6th Santa Cruz mountain bike. I have had a first gen Nomad, two second gen Nomads, a Super Light, and a Blur lt 2 Aluminum. But by far this bike blows the rest out of the water! This frame out of the box is a piece of art in its own regards. Light as a feather with all the travel of a true all mountain bike. I have ridden this beast all over the place, it climbs like a billy goat and descends like a bat out of hell! Over all a perfect bike for your cross country guy to the ski lift trails. 5/5!