The bike climbs quite well.
For what it is, the bike descends OK on technical terrain. Decently lightish.
Feels good on flowy singletrack.
Nice fork, and remote lockout.
Good frame. Decent brakes.
Most of the stock components are not that good. Tires are light but easily tear / wear, don't have really good grip especially in wet or loose conditions
Essentially, this is the first real mountain bike I have ever had. I am now looking at purchasing an enduro bike, but this bike was strong and affordable, so I chose it. After riding for a few months, I realized that all mountain riding is more of my style. I have done a few upgrades on my bike (wider bars, bigger brakes, big tires) and those DEFINITELY improved the bike, while keeping it at the same / lower weight. I think the way that Specialized markets this bike is not really good. I don't see this bike as an xc race bike at all. Given the relatively low price difference between this bike and a low end stumpjumper Read More »
Rims and wheels are heavy, need truing often (4 times in 8 months)
Cranks wear fast, as do both front chainrings
Saddle bent after a small crash.
Seatpost screw in the front is hard to get to with a larger screwdriver.
Seatpost clamp is awful, CAUTION for anyone like me who raises / lowers seats on climbs and descents.
Geometry / bike feel gave me the impression that the bike was a little confused; seems a little between a full on xc bike and a light trail hardtail.