Initial thoughts of the bike are pretty promising. Although I am not as fast as I would be on the SS, this bike is solid. There was a few times on the first couple of rides that it felt a bit twitchy on the descents, but I attribute that to me not being used to a pogo machine. The factory spec-ed ride is a good spec-SLX/XT as is. The SLX brakes are amazing. As much as I like my Avids, these are pretty impressive.
Stock comes in at 28.8lbs; um how much bacon would you like? Mine is down to 26.1 lbs. It doesnt ride like it weighs that much, though. I will give a more detailed report once I hit 100 miles or so.