I am new to mountain biking but I have come down to getting one of these two bikes. Living in Canada I get the benefit of getting last year's design for the Giant Ranier. They are both the same price. I will be using this bike for single trails with a little bit of hills. I don't see myself ever using this bike for jumping but there are some great trails where I live.
Both bikes are the same price. I like how they both look. I am coming from a hybrid background.