Hi all,

Its looking like the Giant XTC1 29er is going to fit the bill for my first ever MTB (coming from road riding)

My conundrum is that I have the option of going with either the 2011 or the 2012 for basically the same price. I've been quoted 1700-1750 for both last years and this years model. Now the specs are totally different going from shimano to sram and the fox fork changed to the slightly cheaper rock shox reba. But the big thing that I can't figure out is the big change is msrp as the price dropped a couple hundred to this year.

For a newb to the component specs of MTB's could someone give me insight into which bike is getting a better package? I've read that the 2010 brakes were not so great and noisy etc being juicy 3's but the 2011 has shimanos and the 2012 has elixir 5's.... or are they pretty much just the same?