My first 29er was a XXIX converted to a 1 x 9? Back in the market again. Soft spot for Raleigh... Mark Stephenson (Guitar Ted), had them as their best "new" product of 2011. In actuality they built that bike up for photos & a few select photo ops (same with their top CX bike) & elite NW US riders. Still part of me likes their hustle...seems they are trying harder. Like the relaxed geometry & mounts, but price is a tad much for product in comparison. XXIXG or Talus Elite still nice bike with the Fox, anyone have another rreason why they bit?