The Good: Built in BC by people who ride the trails I dream about. Burly, rugged, designed for an aggressive rider. Low standover height and long feeling, but with a higher bb than most in its class.
The Bad: No exit hole for a dropper stealth, 2.4 max rear tire clearance.
I've put 6 months of riding on this bike, from Shuttle DH and Black Rock kickers to 30 mile backcountry epics. This is my one bike that I use for everything and it does everything asked of it. I have a single ring in the front and climb it everywhere I would climb an XC bike. When you do reach the downhills, it opens up a world of opportunities. It is more nimble than a Downhill rig, but can still mow down obstacles with authority. The 1.5 headtube allows you to achieve 65.5 at the head angle which really helps with cornering and keeping it on the trail when things get hairy. The first ride on this bike, it felt like it wanted to gallop down the trail, rocks and roots became just more opportunity for traction. When things get really chundery, it feels like a magic carpet.
I love that cove has long term reliability down to a science, something really missing in the industry today. I feel like the frame will last through many seasons without having issues because Cove did three years of proto testing before releasing it. The pivots utilize common bolts and bearings too, so they are easy to find if something fails. The back end is 135mm, with a traditional clamp secured hanger. Too many of the newer hanger designs have fatal flaws that can ruin rides and even frames. I wanted a bike that I could own for a decade or more, and I found it.