Just upgraded to the HD3 last season from my old 26'er. This bike is amazing. The ergonomics and construction of the bike is second to none. Its incredible where bikes are going these days with composites. The D-link really adds some travel and smoothness to the overall ride of this bike. It climbs like a freaking champ (light and nimble) and descends like a moto destroying all in its way. With 6 and 6 it really just rolls over most anything. The rigidity of the composite frame is truly impressive as I was a skeptic at first. Not sure it is a necessity but the Ibis carbon wheels, even w/ the large price, really do show a difference in the roll of the bike, cornering, and handling. And by comparison to others on the market same quality, I think, with a smaller price tag by comparison. I really can't say enough about this new bike. It is a major upgrade compared to my old and the fit and finish of all ibis components are incredible. It is literally a custom bike from the factory. Hats off to Ibis for being a true innovator in the industry. Can't stay off the thing.