The Good: The best 6" all mountain bike on the market. (I rode the others too)
The Bad: Comes with float 32 fork , get the float 34 upgrade for a bit more $ and a ton of confidence.
If you want a bike that is "faster than you" this is it. I've had this thing for 4 months and I take it to the trails, pump tracks (you'd be surprised how it preforms) and raced it downhill at Beech Mtn. last weekend. It was my first dh race and i finished 8th of 24 in cat2. My point is the faster I got the better the bike responded. Obviously, a dh bike is the preferred choice for dh riding but the SB really held its own and wasn't in over it's head. If you want 1 bike to take anywhere this is it. It's simply lively. That being said if you ride it under 80%ish you won't experience the SB's true personality. Oh yeah the switch technology works too, it climbs like a mtn. goat. I didn't give it 5 stars because it wasn't free.