Not a cross country bike? I question whether or not I really want to ride it. I want to climb fast, I want to go fast. I also donât like surprises, but I was surprised and I loved it riding the hightower. I would honestly say for about 80% of the riding population this is the perfect all rounder. VPP suspension is efficient and smooth, it really hits the sweet spot. Santa Cruz just does a good job in all respects. It inspires confidence in the turns whether they are tight, or fast, or both. It rolls over any terrain and makes the rough rocky terrain all doable. And finally.. it goes uphill, yes it climbs, I climbed 13 miles straight, 5100+ vertical feel to prove it to myself. The bike is just plain fun, it really is, it will improve your skills and that just makes riding more fun. SC bikes run on the small side so feel free to reach out with sizing questions, or any specifics at all.