I bought this Blizzard Carbon 30 to be able to keep riding through winter as we have more winter than summer in Montana. I was hoping to keep from missing my Rocky Mountain Element Carbon 70 through all those months of snow. Now it's going to be hard to choose which one to ride when it warms up. This bike exceeded my expectations by a long shot, and always puts a big smile on my face. It goes over anything and through some pretty deep untouched snow. It climbs effortlessly too. It's definitely a head turner also, as one lady said as I passed by on a quick run to the bank, "That's way cool!"