I finally got back town and have taken my new Rocky Element 50 out for a couple trail rides. Gotta say, that there really is a difference between cheapo bikes and nice one's. The bike is light, so that helps, it also has propedal on the fox float rear shock for better climbing, so simple to use. the brakes are incredibly solid, its my first time with disc and i love them. the XT rear der shifts so smooth that sometimes it feels like it didnt shift at all. only downer about the bike so far is the tires. they perform great on dry packed trails, but when it gets loose and wet or muddy, they wash out like crazy. it is dangerous almost. they are hutchinson python airlight. downhill they grab very well, but when its dry. i try to slide the rear end and i often cant. but they will do until they wear out cause as a new college student i got no dough to blow on tires when mine still work. pictures coming later today.