So I've narrowed my 29er purchase down to the Mariachi 2 and the Breezer Lightning...
I've ridden both, and I have to say I like the way the Breezer feels. It felt smaller and quicker than the Mariachi. It has shorter chain stays and wheelbase than the Mariachi. It also has Shimano spec, which I prefer.
But the Mariachi has the oversized head tube, the sliding dropouts, and a 15mm thru axle. All good things to have.
Finally, my current ride is an old 19.5-inch 26er with a 23-inch top tube. The Mariachi medium leaves too much seat post, so I'd be looking at a large, which has a 24.4-inch top tube. Feels long to me. I'd need to throw an 80mm stem on it. The Breezer comes in a 18.5, which has a 23.80-inch top tube. I haven't ridden the 18.5 to see, but it seems like it would be just right with a 90mm stem on it.
Finally, the Breezer is like $300 more than the Mariachi, although I may be able to get my local shop to come down a bit on price.
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