The Good: Climbs like a beast, descends like beast, comfortable geometry, solid stock tires, cheap price point.
The Bad: stock wheels are heavy, x7 front derailleur is shit and x5 rear isn't much better
I want to start off by saying that if you are looking for a bike that will do everything at under $2000 this is the bike for you. I have had this bike for 7 months now and have about 600 hard miles on it. I have had only one issue and that was the x7 front derailleur getting so out of whack it had to be replaced, but sram sent me a new upgraded x7 model for free and I haven't had a problem since. As for the riding experience this bike provides, it will do equally as well on a long steep climb as it will on a easier DH trail. I have ridden everything from the slick rock of Sedona and Moab to the high alpine trails of Northern Arizona and the rocky desert of southern Arizona and at no point did I feel like the capabilities of this bike held me back. I would even go so far to say that this this could be comfortably ridden a day in a bike park or even entered in an XC race. With the upgrades of a carbon Niner 710 bar, a Fox D.O.S.S. dropper post and tubeless conversion It is weighting in at around 32lbs but with a nice wheel set it will easily go below 30 epically with out a dropper post. For the price nothing could beat it.