Mountain bikes at this specification have benefited enormously from material and component advancements that have filtered down from the very top of the sport. In fact, these bikes are lighter – and function more efficiently – than the models that leading professionals were using in the early 1980s.
In particular, the suspension fork is far more sophisticated than would have been found on quite recent entry-level bikes. Lighter materials – aluminium is used for the frame, handlebar, and stem, and in some of the transmission parts – are also incorporated, and along with more effective gears and brakes, these are features resulting from high-end bike development.
With the addition of slick tyres and mudguards, this bike would easily convert to a rugged commuter bike. Day touring is also suitable for this bike, since it incorporates pannier rack bosses.