hi all, ive been on a search for a new hardtail for the whole summer, and the ride i had my eye on was the scott scale 650 26". apparently they are not available in the US in 26". anyone know of any hardtails that come in 26" wheels that a comparable to the scott 650? my price range is 1000 - 1700 bucks.

ive also looked at the cannondale SL 2, and i liked that ride too, but was looking for something with better components. i know, im a dinosaur, i love hardtails and just dont feel right on a 29er. any suggestions, info or opinions will ge really appreciated. thanks everyone.