I find it outstanding. Rides like an ML-7, only a little 'more' in every way.
Climbs well, almost as well as the 7, and goes downhill like a madman.
However, if this is going to be your only bike, you ought to consider the ML-7. My 8 weighs about 29 lbs with stout wheels and appropriate 2.4" tires. My 7, with lighter wheels and tires can go down to about 26 lbs.
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