my first bike, bought after I decided i wanted to start biking, bought a big box bike, and proceeded to wrap it around a tree and break bones within weeks of starting. Knowing me, I was cautiously optimistic about biking, not wanting to invest a small fortune in another hobby as I have with the boat in the yard that doesnt move, the camper next to the boat, the weight bench in the garage, etc...I will be upgrading at the beginning of the year to a Stumpjumper FSR Comp as biking has become "my church" as I tell my coworkers, but I can not say enough good things about this bike. Its a bit heavy, but the LEAP that was made from big box bike to this can not be put in words. Ive learned so much on this beast that I kind of have an emotional attachment and will defend her honor at all cost. She's stayed upright-mostly, and has endured Greens Lick as a hardtail, taught me to ride clipped in, and gave me confidence to tackle rocks, trees, creeks, and drops that I use to dismount. She's no ferarri, more like a 1980 chevy surburban, but a solid choice for a first bike.
"Mountain biking is like a night out in reverse...at first you feel like your going to black out and vomit, then you go drinking"