Purchased this bike so I had something to haul the kiddo around with while he lounges in his Thule Chariot. It just so happens that this thing is really fun to ride. Love adventuring with it - she rides well on road, amazing well on dirt road and pretty damn good on smooth singletrack. Compliance is great - you never lose fillings on bumps, etc. but it still climbs well and has some rigidity. This is a great all-round "skinny tire quiver killer". For someone that spends most of their time on the MTB but wants something to use when the trails get soggy or there is adventure to be had on a high alpine dirt road, this is your bike. Just be careful with the sizing - Ridley's run very big. I'm 6'1", have a 34" inseam, bought a large, and still needed to downsize the stem.