I've had the Scandal out for a few rides now and I'm really really impressed. My previous 29er was also a delight but my big bugbear was its(mine) inability to lift the front end with any ease. Drop offs were well sketchy and took considerable gung ho to achieve, not so with the Scandal, even with the heavier front end. Whatever criticisms are aimed at 29ers this bike would silence the critics, nice to pop off things, playful and can turn very easily. I've only a few things on it to change, the grips were a trial, cheap foamies instead of my now preferred ESI's, they are just a wee bit too unyeilding. I need to trim the steerer and get rid of that red spacer. its amazing how annoying that has become. I've also ordered some Mucky Nuts fenders to keep the spray down.