The Good: I have been riding this bike for about a month now and it has fit the bill for what I was after. I gave up on my full suspension for a quicker and lighter aluminum frame bike. Bone stock w/o pedals the bike was a little over 26 Lbs. (large frame). The components spec'd on the bike are great for the price point, and the bike handles very good. At 200 lbs. I opted for aluminum over carbon due to my weight for durability. The ride is good and the bike climbs wonderfully. I have only needed small amounts of weight transfer toward the front of the bike except for the steepest climbs. This will be my race bike for the season because I'm not loaded with extra cash, but I'm confident this bike will perform great. The color is not your run of the mill, it's like a flat copper shade, I like it because it is unique. Two water bottle cage mounts are also an improvement over the 2012 version.
The Bad: Avid brakes. Comes with avid 1's, garbage. Will be upgrading to XT brakes, Hadley hubs, and Stan's rims. No other complaints.Overall Review: My pocket book and I are happy. Great ride and would recommend.
The Good: Strong, great looking easy adjustments, not heavy for a DJ fork, very rigid axle that inspires confidence
The Bad: Make longer travel versions!Overall Review: If you are male and drink beer and you want a 100mm travel fork this is your fork of choice. Nothing beats it for 100mm. If they made a longer travel version, I'd use it for AM/FR too!
The Good: Looks cool, small size
The Bad: Rails bend, not very comfortableOverall Review: SDG board room: 'I've got an idea! Let's get a factory in China to make all our saddles for like $2, spend a bit on marketing and then sell them for like $50 each, making a fortune from unsuspecting cyclists'. Sad. All I wanted was a moderately light, moderately comfortable, durable saddle that doesn't get in my way when I don't need it. But I got a saddle that has weaker rails than a random bargain bin seat. I feel pissed off, go screw yourselves SDG.
The Good: every bit of momentum from pedal input goes into forward motion,rails like a banshee on steroids,lefty fork is awesome!!!!component spec is spot on!!!!
The Bad: the fizik saddle didn't agree with my bumOverall Review: I always wanted a lefty fork.i thought about putting on on my diamondback sl super,but changed my mind once I test rode my 2012 cannondale scalpel 29er carbon 2.you only live once,so I took some money from my 401k account and went for it.have not looked back since then.
The Good: Rolls super smooth, therefore fast and flowing. Great for hard pack, fine on road and surprising agile off road.
The Bad: Stay away from mud, not much sidewall for rock gardens.Overall Review: I bought these for my "loaner" and sometimes "urban assault" Hard Rock 29'er. They are instant ego boost compared to my Nomad with 2.5 Chunders! Easy to squeeze speed out of these when pumping. I learned the next level of pumping Partly Because of these SB8's. I find myself on the 29'er more often just because Rolling is the Best Return on Turning the Cranks...
The Good: Maneuverable!
The Bad: Nothing I noticed!Overall Review: I got this bike after owning my old Big Hit. And man i thought i went fast on that bike! Than I hopped on this, and i feel like a pro! This bike is so easy to maneuver. If i want to hit a big jump, i can get a lot of air! Or, if i want to have more speed than i can make the bike stay low to the ground! This bike is definitelya keeper!