Searching for a new XC race bike, the The Lapierre X-Race 300 has caught my eye partly because it's gorgeous and partly because $2,400 is a steal for a 26 lb full-suss. And swapping out the Crossrides for Crosmmax SLs would probably drop it to 25.

So does anyone -- other than Ryan Iddings, Kevin Bradford-Parrish and other paid riders -- have any experience racing an X-Race 300/500/900? I am curious about the bike's integrity and performance, as well as the company's customer service. I'd also be interested to hear how well the Lapierre single-pivot shock with lockout works, and how frame sizing runs. This would be a trail riding bike too and I'm worried about the abuse it would take. Thanks -