One of the bikes I picked up this summer... If you can't tell from the pics, its a 29er. I have the gearing currently at 33x16 and for around here it's perfect. I'm normally a roadie, and one of the groups I ride is also really big into MTB racing. They commented how fast I was on a road bike and asked if I would do a race for them if they found me a bike. So someone supplied me with a nice built up hard tail (full XTR) and I ended up posting faster times then most of the guys on the team. So needless to say, they have been bugging me to buy a MTB, however, after spending TONS of money on a road bike build, I just didn't have the cash. Well finally one of the guys on the team who owns a bike shop, pointed this bike out for me. Basically, its half the price of a normal geared bike, so I said ok. Anyways, I've had it for 2 weeks now, (first MTB in 7 years) and I've done only 5 laps at the nearest MTB trail and right now, my lap times are only 30 seconds behind the fastest guys on the team. Overall its been fun.