The Downcountry Bike you NEED
I'll mostly write this review about the frame since I stripped the bike down to the bearings for a custom build. I will say about the stock build, it's very nice and capable but 2 pot brakes shouldn't be anywhere near this bike...the fact they're on every build is crazy. This bike outperforms it's brakes by a large margin.
So the frame itself, the geometry is fantastic. It handles features you could only dream about hitting on an XC bike 5 years ago. It's super comfortable for all day pedaling and the kinematics are spot on...zero pedal bob. Bike absolutely comes alive on flat/slightly downhill trails. Only lost a star for me because of pressfit BB. What a pain in the ass that is...get with the times Rocky, threaded please.