For the beginner, or casual trail rider, the suspension on the Honda is ideal, with an overall soft feeling. Initially the fork is a little harsh, which can cause a slight push in corners, but once in mid stroke it’s very plush and compliant at mild trail speeds. The shock has a smooth action all the way through the stroke, but is a tad softer than the fork. When pushed to faster trail speeds or a mild race pace, both ends of the bike tend to blow through the travel and bottom with the fork having an audible metal-to-metal sound. Although this bike’s demographic is not the hardcore racer, I feel that the suspension is still a little soft.