After the first 100 miles, survey says: The Cannondale Trail 5 29er is a great intermediate hard-tail that ran about 0 on sale. With hydraulic disc brakes, lock-out on the fork, crisp shifters, and a lightweight frame, it fits my needs,riding style, and budget perfectly. I also go over my biking load-out including: helmet, hydration, cyclometer, upgrades, tools, shoes, and lights.