I bought this bike primarily because it was on sale and I wanted to try it since I had all the parts. The bike i compared it to is my HD3. I will admit this bike doesn't climb as well but excels in a few items. Mostly in descent down rocky stuff as it felt more confident and vpp felt more smooth and bottomless. The bike also did well jumping. But I felt the build and bike was too burly for my trails built as is (pike, wide tires etc) so I decided to hold on to it for park riding next year and maybe some races if im not too lazy
One thing also is how quiet and smooth carbon is on descents. Quality of the frame and attention to detail is great, no issues installing BB or headset. DT Swiss axle is very nice and easy to use. Frame came with a checklist from Backcountry, a grease gun, a SC garbage bag?, carbon grit grease and grease. Very happy with the transaction.