I have been looking at bikes and am leaning towards the Giant Rainier. There are only two complaints I have heard about it.
1) bad tires, but that dosnt matter if it dosnt come with velociraptors im going to replace them anyway.
2) bad fork(manitou AXEL), If I can talk to bike shop in to trading out this fork for the difference in price between the forks, what would be the best fork to replace it with that wouldnt add much, if any cost to the bike? Oh im also 6' 195LBS that might be important when looking at forks huh.
Also, are there any other bikes I should be looking at before I go all the way here? I think I have looked at most of them, but why leave any out? I like having the disks, and I like the hard tail. other than that I just want the best bike I can for under $1k