After a ton of deliberating between MANY different hardtails (including the f29 2, superfly elite, stumpjumper evo, etc), I decided to go with the Trek Stache 8. I wasn't worried about getting a race oriented bike, because I won't be racing. I wanted a bike that would be fairly comfortable for the longer rides, yet would handle well in the tight stuff, and be really playful and fun. I think I got it all in this bike. It's going to take about a week to come in, because nobody has the 8 in stock anywhere near me. I'll post pictures when it finally comes in.