Wow, I love this bike. It climbs well and feels both nimble and stable at the same time going downhill. It rides like a BMX bike with 140mm of travel. The Troy uses a Dave Weagle designed Split Pivot rear suspension design to minimize suspension feedback affecting pedaling and braking.
Climbing - 5 stars
The Troy feels super responsive to power input when climbing. (The alloy edition did feel less snappy perhaps due to a higher bike weight)
Descending - 5 stars
The Troy was able to feel both responsive and planted when descending. The feeling of the Troy was really confidence-building while remaining fun to ride.
Cornering - 5 stars
The Troy had a lively, responsive feel that was super fun to ride in corners.
Summary: Being lively and predictable is not mutually exclusive.
5 stars - Absolutely outstanding
3 stars - Solid performance, meets expectations
1 star - Misses expectations by a wide margin