I have been set on getting a Gary Fisher x-cal for a month and then I was just offered a great deal on a Giant Trance X3. Only $100 more. I rode it on some light trails and the maestro suspension blew me away. I live and race in the midwest. I also do a few endurance races a year (6 to 24 hours). I know is like comparing apples to oranges but i would just like to hear someones honest unbiased opinion. If there is one when it come to mt bikes.