I'm going on my second season with my 2002 Slayer, and I'm still loving every ride. Back when I was looking at bikes, I demoed a ETS-X (no 30-50-70 back then) and thought it rode sweetly, esp. on climbs. I was swayed away from it and toward the Slayer due to my size ( 6 foot 1 and 210 lbs) and riding style. The shop said with me on it the ETS wouldn't hold up to the very technical and rocky terrain around (Lynn Woods, MA), with the occaisional 2-3 foot drops I used to do. With the Slayer, I now ride way faster, more confidently, almost always try the tougher lines going up or down, pull off stuff I used to be scared of, and have picked the drops up to the 4-5 foot range, and try jumps now and again. No regrets. So I ask you ETS folks, was it good advice, or can the ETS take the punishment of a determined hyperactive clydesdale, 5 ft drops to flat granite, and some good natured bashing?