The Good: Best bang for the buck for a 29er started/beginner.
The Bad: Just a bit heavy.
An awesome mountain bike for someone who is looking for a 29er that rolls better than the 26" wheels.
It has decent components which is not bad at all. I've rode this bike for at least 50 miles now mostly on trails here in Colorado, and I'm still happy with the bike. I would suggest replacing to a shorter stem and a lighter rear tires for a start.
Overall... great value !