I am having a dilemma. My Giant Trance isn't very stimulating as a climber, but it descends well.

I am thinking of swapping out to a 29er hardtail for more direct climbing at the sacrifice of rear travel. I have been looking at the rocky Mountain 2011 Vertex SE at $2099. i am very partial to Rocky Mountain from owning a Team Scandium road frame.

Now, I have been looking at the various offerings from BD.com. Would a Motobecane Fantom 29PRO or Gravity29 Point 4/5 be a close similarity in handling to the Vertex SE? if so, i could get the 29er and keep my Giant and have both worlds (I'd probably have to dump the Trance if I got a $2100 hardtail).

Any thoughts from those who can compare?