I absolutely LOVE the DRT1.3.
I have been a bike guy all of my life. I raced BMX in the mid 80s and got into mountain biking in the mid 90s while stationed in CT.
Although I rode some light trails through the years (a lot of rails to trails) when camping with our kids, I hadn’t done any serious mountain biking until last October when I bought the DRT1.3.
Before the purchase I did a lot of research that was focused on finding the bike with the most value. The sale price made it the only one under $900 with an air fork. In addition, it had the highest quality components (e.g. Shimano brakes, SLX derailer).
I am very happy with my decision. This has been the perfect bike to get me back into the woods and closer to nature.
The staff at REI have been great as well. I am a total REI fanboy.
Keep up the good work with the DRT line. I will likely purchase a full suspension in the fall.
This is a video of my latest ride.