I'll echo Steve's comments especially regarding the suspension. It's very good out of the box. I've had my since July and put 3k on it with a variety of riding. It is outstanding offroad and having come off an S10 I am loving the 21inch front wheel in the bush, not to mention the progressive dampening in the shock. You can't really compare the 1090 with bikes like the S10 but I'm still getting used to the slower turn in on the fast open dirt corners. I guess this the different wheel size which is one of the compromises or maybe it's just my riding style. The Rottweiler kit I fitted definitely helped the power delivery especially the low down torque. Definitely no surging. I think if you are doing mostly bush riding you won't be disappointed with this bike. It's still no trail bike but a damn good compromise.