I see the Free Ride best suited for very hard technical trails. Extreme Enduro stuff. Non-pro riders are racing in the Red Bull Romaniacs exteme enduro on the Free Ride and doing better than they used to do on traditional enduro bikes. Ther are other reports from Europe of guys out riding their buddies on the extreme stuff with their new Free Ride. Sure, top riders can ride extreme stuff on a 450exc or 300exc. But most riders would benifit from a lower, lighter, and smooth low-end power when the trail gets extreme. I want one for extreme stuff in the High Sierra that I currently ride on a Beta Trials bike. Trials that I would not risk going over a cliff on my 450exc. With a plate, seat and longer range the Free Ride should be a great upgrde. As a gerneral purpose trail bike, ripping around easy stuff at a OHV area. Any above average rider would have more fun on a 450exc. The Free Ride would be a good "wife bike" for easy stuff.