I've been ogling these bikes at the airbase store for several months and they finally went on sale so I bought one. I've only taken it for a few short local rides on pavement, keeping the fork locked out. Never had suspension before so it's taking some time to get accustomed to it. I needed something for end-of-pavement exploration: my road bike has been getting abused being forced to ride down rocky roads. So from now on I'll try to stop when asphalt ends and return later with the mountain bike.