After being a bit of a bike flipper the last few years, I decided the 5.5 would be my go-to as of August. Having never ridden one, I was slightly apprehensive as to what would await me as I threw a leg over it, and man was I surprised.
I've never been a huge fan of plus tires, as I feel the sidewalls are a bit squirmy and soft. I was worried the 2.6 tires would feel similar, but I was dead wrong. 2.6 tires are the truth. Wide enough to have tons of grip, but also have a proper sidewall and construction allowing for proper tire pressure while maintaining grip.
The DW link allows this bike to climb like an aggressive XC bike, but get it pointed down hill and the stability and planted feel of a solid, fully active platform shines.
If you don't know what mountain bike to buy, but want one that is fun for all types of riding, this is your jam. Feel free to ask for me any time with any questions!