Just took my new Cliff 29er out for a 5 mile intermediate single track ride. It performed very well. It will now need a bit of tweeking or readjusting but all in all did great. One bit of advice if you buy a bike from BikesDirect, make sure you have some good knowledge about how to put together and adjust the components of your bike. If not you will be spending more to take it to a bike shop. Last word, I can see how I will probably be upgrading a few components in a few months, but all in all it is a good bike stock.