Strengths: This is a full suspension bike for your little trail rider! We ride lots of rooty terrain in GA and the boy was getting beat up on his 20" Giant hardtail and kept bugging me for a full suspension bike....so, when it was time to move up in size I bought this Scott as a surprise gift. The kid loves the suspension and it really rolls so much better and smoother over all the roots and rocks on our favorite trails....I thought the bike would be a lot heavier but it was not...he can really fly on it! The gears and brakes shift well and are very smooth. Not to mention the bike just looks sharp...he loves to ride it!
Weaknesses: We have had it for a year and have not had any issues whatsoever... minor adjustments only.
Great bike for your son/daughter who is serious about mountain biking. My son has loved the bike and has been inspired to ride more often... Scott is the real deal and really takes pride in making a great product for the young riders! Love it!