Its an exceptional dh bike. Certainly better then most. Its a mediocre XC bike though. The suspension is tough to tune for small hits and I worked pretty closely with Rocky on this. I'd have to say the DH ability surprised me
When I roll up to the trailhead for a ride people look at me funny and ask:
"Do you take that thing to the ski hill?"
I respond in the negative and tell them that if I ever get to the ski hill I'll rent a 'big' bike. I then proceed to grunt and huff and puff along the XC trails with my 6" travel SXC monstrosity. But hey, I'm happy, when I tried more xc oriented bikes all I did was bend/break/warp/crush components. But such is life at 240lbs....
But seriously, xc-wise I only find it onerous on the really long really steep climbs, but realistically when it gets so steep that I'm popping major wheelies I find that my legs and lungs are happy to give up and walk no matter what bike I'm on!