I bought one last year and it made me fall in love with riding again. I've been mtn biking for 20 years and in the last few had gotten to the point that all I was doing was lift served downhill. Friends finally convinced me that I needed to try out a hardtail again. They all ride custom built ss 29ers, and I bought this as I liked the flexibility of being able to run gears, but I hate the eccentric bb that other companies use. Well, I've never bought gears, and now I'm climbing the stuff I used to only ride down. It took some time to get used to, but I don't think I'll ever go back. It's just too fun riding past people on 5k+ full squishy bikes on the uphills. I built this up with a fox fork and kept it under 24 pounds with pedals without breaking the bank. I'm in UT and had to order mine from a company in VA because nobody here sold them. You can buy all the other bits on Vassago's website, but you'll probably never want them.