Haven't found a recent post on these bikes, so I thought i'd see who's riding one, and what they think about it.

I've read cycling news review on it, and seen some older posts here.

Van D makes some sweet bikes, so i'm not questioning the quality. I'm more questioning the Aluminum/carbon material vs. steel or ti. what's that carbon stay going to buy me? compliance like a steel/ti rear end will? or just smooth out some stuff? Will adding a carbon post, bar and maybe even fork even out the stiffness of the alu frame? But the big question is whether this will be a good epic ride 1x9...

I know, so many questions, but luckily the 29er forum is not lacking in opinions.

i appreciate the feedback