I guess it all depends on what kind of trails you like/want to ride.
I have an NRS. I ride it a lot on the faster/smoother XC trails. It sucks on any tech stuff because the wheelbase is so damn short...but it's still doable. I rode South Mountain for years on my NRS because it was my only bike.
I now own a Motolite in addition to the NRS. Needless to say, it gets most of my riding time now because it's just so much more versatile. I never take the Motolite on the XC trails because it's too piggy for that...but most of my mountain biking lately has been on the tech side so most of my time is spent on the Motolite. The NRS is now reserved for XC races.
I guess if you have only 1 bike to bring and you won't be using it to commute, then bring the AC1. If you see yourself commuting on the bike in addition to riding it on the trails, the NRS will be a much better choice.
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