The mountain biking in the Seattle area is significantly different than the mountain biking in Central Texas (what they call the "Hill Country") so when I moved back to Seattle I was in need of something better suited for what I'd be riding here. I did a lot of research and pined over this decision for several months. I finally landed on the Transition Patrol. Transition is Washington brand owned by people who ride mountain bikes here and the Patrol is as perfect a bike for Pacific Northwest Riding as I can imagine. Compared to my other bike, I was faster on both the uphills and the downhills. The steep seat tube angle really helps with the climbing and the long reach and coil shock really help with the descending. This is is a bike designed for riders looking to push their limits and there's very few riders out there who could even approach the limits of this bike. If you're serious about mountain biking and live in the Pacific Northwest, you should check this one out.