I bought this bike with the intention to get back into mountain biking as it was cheaper than buying a full suspension, and I couldn't be happier. However I quickly found out that some of the components needed to be upgraded in order to keep up with my style of riding. So I upgraded the tires, suspension, cassette, and pedals. Fortunately my bike came with shimano hubs, brakes and derailer. Highly reccomend as a starting platform!