I've decided to sell a car (the one i have for fun and never drive) and replace it straight-up with a new mtb bike. Budget is ~4500. yeah!
I'm leaning towards Turner Flux or Ellsworth Truth, looks like it's hard to go wrong. most of the trails here in N Texas are fairly mild but choppy, lots of rock gardens, but no huge "hits" or anything crazy. Lots of tight swoopy singletrack, and i think one of these do-it-all choices will be perfect.
Any other suggestions for a kickass, usa-made fs that can be built ~25lb? and yes, in this case i'm willin to pay some for snob appeal... this'll be my first (ever) top-of-the-line anything i've ever bought, and i plan to keep it a good long time.