The new suspension settings balanced out the overall feel of the front and rear. Last year, I had trouble getting used to a low, soft feeling rear end, and a harsh front end. For 2012, the bike has a more aggressive shock and the fork isn't as hard on the initial hit. By stiffening up the shock, the bike now rides with more weight on the front and we found it easier to point the front wheel into a rut. Acceleration bumps still had the fork feeling a tad harsh on the initial hit, but once in breaking bumps the suspension settled nicely. One characteristic that had me absolutely impressed was the lack of bucking coming from the rear end. Glen Helen's big down hill sections were moderately rough and I never got hit in the rump with the seat. I'm excited to see if this stands true at other tracks and in different types of roughness.