It's nice to have a new bike to hit the trails. This is my 1st Cannondale and Lefty. Now with about 50 miles on it and really enjoing the ride. The stiffness and responsiveness of the Lefty is amazing. Prior to this I tried out a Scott Scale 710. A full carbon 27.5" hard tail. l feel the 29er is the way to go. Felt more in control and stable on this platform. Plus my riding consists of laps at Harbison. This is a 29er kind of trail., flatish, wide, and fast. Then I find myself exploring the dirt roads of Lexington County. With miles of sandy dirt roads just waiting for a 29er to take control.