Hey Boys and Girls, this could be a long questions so hope you have something to eat and a comfortable chair.

I currently own a hardtail which I need to upgrade.
I mostly get into XC riding with the occasional freeride diversion.
I want a bike which is tough enough to take decent drops maybe a 1m or thereabouts.

So Far I have looked at
Cannondale Prophet 1000
Specialized Enduro Expert
Kona Coiler Dee-lux
Jamis Dakar XLT 3.0
Cove G-Sot
Scott MC30 Genius

I am just over 6 foot tall and weigh in at about 85kgs
Any advice would be gladly had, I have spent a fair bit of time on this and am gradually narrowing down my options at the moment the Cannondale and the Specialized are looking like strong contenders at the moment.