Used to ride a Kona Hoss but upgraded to full-sus with one of these a few weeks ago (2011model). Tried out the Zesty first but found the seating position too cramped (short top tube) and it just lent a little too far toward a downhill bike for me (too soft). So I opted for the X-Control and boy am I pleased I did! If you want a full-sus bike that feels stiff like a hardtail when honking on the bars but also takes just enough sting out of the back end on downhill’s, look no further. Frame construction is sweet, welds are neat and tidy and the paint finish looks plush. Yes it has an own brand rear shock but don’t let that put you off, set it up right along with the Rockshox at the front and it makes for a really nice XC bike. Bang for your buck you’d be hard pushed to find better...
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