Well after a couple of restless nights and post purchase research I returned my Marlin 6. I ended up exchanging it for a 2019 X-Caliber 8. I had planned on upgrading the Marlin 6 fork right away, but in doing so I basically would of been $800 in. Going with the X-Caliber 8 I am moving into a tapered head frame with internal cable routing as well as a Deore/XT x2 drivetrain and a RockShox 30 Silver with Solo-Air. It did put me just over the $1000 range. Quite a bit over my initial budget, but figure this bike should last me.