By using oversized aircraft-grade tubing, it allows us to construct frames with thinner walls that are light, stiff, and durable. Smooth frame welds and integrated bearing headset for a crisp, clean look. SR Suntour XCM-MLO 80mm travel 29er fork with preload and lockout really helps smooth out the trail. Lockout makes climbing more efficient. Fork spring preload allows you to adjust your fork to your body weight and riding style. You can't beat Shimano for flawless performance and reliability. The Shimano 8-speed shifters paired up with a Shimano Alivio rear derailleur deliver a winning shifting combo The Promax Hornet dual piston hydraulic disc brake system features a patented anti-impact and anti-leak master cylinder design for added durability and reliability. Awesome braking performance at a great value. Shimano Altus M311 cranks with 42/32/22 chainrings.
Strengths: This was the first bike i have bought in a while (like 10 years) wanted an entry level bike that i could use and up grade some parts with not spending a lot of money. Over all its a good beginner bike shifting is nice for a while, and the bike has a good rider feel to it.
Weaknesses: OK, this is why the bike is priced where its at. As a beginner it was fine after 1 month of riding i have put 400 miles on it. The bike is a little heavy for long single track runs, the brakes are ok the rear brake went out in the first month while i was going about 25 mph on a single track ( it was fun to try and stop) componets are ok for the price of the bike. already chipped teeth on the spocket by just riding hard. Stock seat is a little uncomfortable, the front forks are ok, stock tires are ok i changed then after the first 100 miles, also had to upgrade the pedels came with cheap plastic ones.
Overall this bike is priced good for what ya get, if your going to ride 4-5 times a week and actually ride the bike hard then definatly get a better bike than this. I will be upgrading to a different bike next month. the 2013 models from haro look good or i might have to go back to trek. I wish the bike overall was stronger but you get what you pay for. The bike is perfect for a beginner that just wants to ride a few miles every now and then but if your a single track or technical guy like my self please save up a little more money and get exactly what you want beleive me you will be happy you did. Hope this helps only my modest opinion.