I am looking at getting a full suspension bike and would like to spend around 1-1.5 grand. I have checked out quite a few but have only ridden them briefly. I have looked into the following, Kona Kikapu, Specialized FSR, Giant NRS, Giant Trance, Jamis Dakar XC, Trek Fuel.
What do you all think about what I have looked at? I would prefer disc brakes and I want somthing that pedals well. Primary use will be around the city but I will not be doing any huge drops, lots of stairs and 3 foot ones though. I will get to the trails at least a few times a month and it will be some agressive singletrack but nothing that super technical.