And not around a parking lot either. There was a shop demoing Cannondales at the spot I ride at so I took one up the same trails I usually ride.
Bike: Prophet 1000Z
Liked: Ground clearance, Hydo brakes, How it gripped the ground, looked to be built very well.
Didn't like: The X9 SRAM didn't shift smooth and the SRAM shifters suck, that one-barrel shock is weird, it cost freaking 2500 bucks!
Verdict: Sweet bike which leaves what I currently ride in the dust. However, what I ride at the moment cost me $250 not $2500 and since I am just starting out it does me fine. If I had a 2 grand and over budget for a bike I would rather check out a Klein or better yet buy an Elsworth Frame as well as the other parts and build it myself.