What is out there that is impressive in exotic frame material hardtails? I can see the Scott Scale 30 as being a sub 24 lb trail type competitior.
The Fantom Pro Ti is in this market with Ti, 100mm Sid, LX/XT, Juicy 7, and 1800 gram precision bearing wheels. But at 22.5 lbs - what other bikes are an interesting build for the HT rider who wants to be under $3000?
And of course, there is the ever present question; are there many who want to ride HT at this price point? Or has the market gone completely FS?