I've narrowed down my search for a FS bike to the two above. I've been able to test ride the Marin. It fits me and rides well, but there's just something about it that I can't put my finger on that isn't exactly right.
I'm very familiar with the Jamis brand: my roommate has 2. But there aren't any XC Comps available in the area for me to test ride. All of the local shops say they sold out at the beginning of the season.
Which do you suggest? Should I wait until the beginning of next season and test out the Jamis, or should I get the Marin now? How about the quality of the Marin? I ride in the Sierras around Lake Tahoe. The conditions are dusty and rocky, with lots of climbing and tight switchbacks. Is one of these bikes better than the other?
Thanks for the help. RG