So looks like giant stepping up their game a little and bringing a better bike into the US for next year including the Suntour air fork.
XTC SL Jr 24 (2015) | Giant Bicycles | United States
No idea when available at retail or whether it appreciably lighter than competitive offerings or their prior 24" bike (I thought the XTC was a bit of a lead anchor at somewhere around 29 lbs)
If anyone sees one or picks one up please post impressions.
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