I am currently in the process of narrowing down my options for a new bike and need some rider feedback on the Brodie Hellion hardtail (2004).

This bike will be ridden pretty much in trails, some light DH and commuting.

Thing is, it looks like a good sturdy ride, however I am having doubts upon it's asphalt ability with only two front gears, it's top speed must be kinda slow. However, that may be nothing but an impression since I'm used to riding 21/27 speed.

So, can this bike get up to speed? Should I throw out the chain guard and put an extra gear upfront?