The Good: Geometry, Solid Spec. Less-is-more attitude.
The Bad: Given the fact this bike is only $2800, None.
If you want a race bike, look elsewhere- this bike is pure fun on a budget. Sure, one could upgrade virtually every component to enhance this bike's core attributes, but there really is no need. Suspension is a no-brainer for setup and is very well balanced. Avid Code R brakes with 200/180 rotors are second to none in power. Sram 9-speed transmission does the job without hiccup thanks to the ridiculously simple e*Thirteen Freechucker. Wheels strike a great balance between weight, strength, and cost. Mine came without pedals, so I threw on some Kona WahWahs. Changed out the bar and stem (par for the course on any bike) for an Answer cockpit.
I'm not sure about the previous reviewer, but if the sidewall on the Maxxis DHF and HR tires says "2.5" they ARE downhill tires. Maxxis doesn't make single ply 2.5" versions of those treads. DO NOT BE MISLED.
Bottom line IMO is that if you are looking for a do-it-all gravity bike that inspires confidence in every situation, look no further.