The Young Turk straight up rocks. I am not an elite mountain biker, but I can leave other riders of my same ability level in the dust with the Turk. It flat out rips. Climbing ability is awesome, and just the way it soaks up roots, rocks, and mud holes is awesome. Front clearance is great with the single front ring. For the price I am very impressed with what you get. Totally a great deal for anyone who wants to get a great all around 29'er mt bike.