I know I'll probly get ripped for comparing a DiamondBack to a Santa Cruz, but I just could'nt help it. The Nomad seems to be the standard in all in one mountain bikes, from xc to freeride to light downhill. I know the Mission is of a no name decent but it seems like a great all in one bike as well with geometry on par with that of the Nomad. Depending on what level of mission you look at they are spec'd pretty well also. I posted this in the DH/FR forum because it seems that you guys no better than anyone exactly what a bike can do and what it can't do.