This bike is the real deal. When riding it, I often think of my favorite ski, the Moment Bibby. Stay with me here for a second and I'll come back to the bike. The Bibby has developed a somewhat of a cult like following for its ability to charge all over the mountain, while still maintaining a playful feel for every little stash you can find. When riding the 5.5 all that I can think about is that this is "The Bibby of Bikes!" She likes to be ridden hard, but when you do you are rewarded with amazing speed while still being playful off of every trail feature.
I was a bit concerned going with the carbon version vs the Turq build, specifically the Fox performance suspension vs the factory suspension. Thus far I have had no complaints with the performance suspension. I may end up adding a few volume spacers in the rear shock, but that would be the case regardless of the performance/factory.
I also had some concerns with the wheelset that the Carbon comes with. So far the wheelset has held up well: solid, durable and stiff with the boost rear hubs. My only complaint is the lack of engagement in the rear hub, but that is to be expected with a wheelset in this price range.
Overall I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I can't think of any bike that would suit my style of riding. From all day epics, to techy downhills. This thing is a do it all bike.