I've been researching and looking to purchase my first serious MTB, and it seems like I've ran into a stump. The bike that I'm seriously considering is a Giant XTC which has an integrated headset. Now, I've read Chris King's article about the cons of it, but as the article mentions of the industry's propaganda, I can't help but think that this article might be another form of propaganda (as it seems like Cane Creek, a competitor, has the 'IS worldwide standard' in its grip). I've also searched the forums and nothing seems conclusive to me.
I'm wondering if there's anybody here with real-world experience with both (or IS headsets) that can provide some unbiased feedback. I'm looking to shell out a couple of grand for a bike, so I'm just trying to make a good purchase.