I was riding in Sedona, so a mix of smooth hardpack and chunk. Aside from the red dirt everywhere and big rock slabs I didn't feel that the terrain was all that different than the east-coast tech I'm used to. I was only there for a day though, so not nearly enough time to judge the terrain properly. It was also the first time that I had ever been there, so it wasn't the best setting for any kind of objective comparison. I rode the fork on my buddy's bike for about an hour before switching back to a familiar bike with a Fox 36. I didn't ride any trails with braking bumps, so I can't comment on that aspect.