cool, i am hoping to use it for some local cross races, maybe hit up some trails as well. i will be interested to hear your thoughts on it. i dont need a hard core super expensive cross bike, i am just having fun with it and i dont want a mainstream bike that everyone has which is why this bike interests me.
I haven't had a chance to really kit it out in cross-race mode, rather than mountain bike-race mode, but my first impressions are that if your primary use for the bike will be cross racing with a side of trails, this probably isn't the bike for you. It is, I think, raceable, but it's pretty clearly not designed for that, even as much as a lower-end model from a bigger manufacturer is.
On the other hand, if your primary purpose is to do 80-mile mixed-terrain rambles, and do only a race or two a year, you ought to seriously consider this bike.
The Fisty is a really interesting bike, and I'm looking forward to spending more time on it. But you'll have to read the magazine to find out more!