I read every review I could find on this bike and have yet to find a bad one. I went from a 12 y/o high-end hardtail 26er to this and immediately felt comfortable. It is different though. You definitely sit 'in' rather than on but that translates to confidence and stability.
Stock setup is good. I'd shave the bars a bit narrower due to tight tree-lined trails where I live and change the grips for something thicker. The Formula brakes are true one-finger stoppers but lack modulation; it's there but in a VERY narrow window.
Love the Ride.