Originally Posted by Fordolet
yeah the XTC is definitely not a good first bike. It is the best though, 29er, 30 speeds, sram x9's, avid elixir hydraulic disc brakes. $2,200!
It is nicely spec'd for the price, but I'd be cautious about calling it the best. It's fairly easy to get into the $6-8K range. And if you haven't ridden an $8K bike, you should give it a try. I demo'd a roughly $7800 cannondale a couple weeks ago that's was fantastic. Full suspension with remote lock outs, full carbon frame, 1x11 drive train, lefty fork.
It all comes down to the type of terrain your riding and your style. What's best for one person, is certainly not best for the next. I know I will absolutely have full suspension for the riding we do here in VT.