The Core is a hardtail freeride, urban assault machine, built for going big and going fast. The core of mountain biking. This bike will do it all and is built to take a lot of pounding while still being light enough to be used at 4X racing events. The bike is hand built and full of small details that most big brand bikes don't offer, such as Cro-Mo railed saddles, high end aftermarket h-bars, and wheels that are built and trued by hand. We spec'd a chainguide instead of the front derailleur that you'd find on most bikes in this price range, and you get a replaceable rear derailleur hanger in the build.