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I've got a Cannondale Super V (Full suspension) and I find it worlds better than my old no suspension bike. Your comments are generally right on, but I would probably also add a "good brakes" section, for downhill they're at least as important as pedals, and there's been enough recent innovation to make it interesting. Cantilever brakes have improved over the years, but they can't really compare to a Shimano V-Brakes system or an equivalent system from another brand. I haven't ridden a bike with hydraulic brakes, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews, so if you can afford that's probably best.