I have spent the last 4 months riding both of those bike over and over to determine which I wanted. At first, it was the Paragon over the XTC 1, and the reason for that was the particular test ride I took. I had ridden the XTC a couple times like most of us do. I showed up at the shop in street clothes and just hopped on and rode. The day that i rode the Paragon, I rode my current bike to the shop after about 15 miles of urban riding and climbing. The Paragon test ride felt fantastic. I figured this was the bike, then I realized I had not given the XTC it's due, so I arranged a similar test for it. This time the XTC shined.
In the end, it came down to who seemed to want to sell me the bike the most and who did I feel would be there for me afterwords. Component wise, it is was a toss up to me.
As of the past Friday afternoon, I officially own this.....:thumbsup: (and yes, those stupid reflectors have been removed