Today I was able to take my new Fisher out to the stomping grounds and try it out for the first time!! I go like a dream. The tires track really well in the sand. The stomping grounds by the way, is covered with sand. What usuallt stopped me or made me slow down was nothing on my new bike, I cruised through the sand with confidence.!!! The XT is great, the Rock Shox kicks butt amd I love the rapid fire. I can't wait till the next ride.