With Trail geometry and longer travel suspension the Highpoint is a better choice and a much more capable bike off-road than an XC bike.
The Suntour XCM fork is a simple and reliable coil spring design but it still has 5 inches of suspension fork travel, 25% more than some comparable bikes.
The drivetrain components are excellent, a Shimano Deore 1x10 setup including the crankset and bottom bracket. Deore is typically spec'd on bikes above $1,000.
The wheelset is outfitted with Wilderness Trail Bikes Tubeless Ready rims matched with WTB Trail Boss 29 x 2.25 tires.
This is a well equipped, trail ready mountain bike that you can ride hard, at a relatively affordable price.
Frame: 6061 Aluminum
Cassette: Shimano, 10-speed, 11-42
Wheelset: Double Wall Aluminum
Tires: WTB Trail Boss, 29 x 2.25