I just got it, and have ridden it less than 100 miles. I ride almost exclusively on pavement, so no, I'm not tring to ride across a field and wondering why I can't do it with no hands. I've put smooth tires on it, and that's the only ride affecting mod. It's a hardtail, with the stock front shock. If I try to ride it with no hands, it wobbles badly and would crash if i didn't keep one hand on the handlebars. I've replaced the back wheel after I broke it being stupid. I did have it trued. It has always been this way, from the moment I got it. The LBS said it was because I have a front suspension and one side of it would probably compress more than the other, even on smooth pavement, (how that would happen - on smooth pavement or anywhere else- I don't know) and that results in an inability to ride without hands. I think that ranks right up there with some of the greates BS excuses for "I don't know" that I've ever heard.
Anybody have any ideas? Thanks, Don.