I've started looking for a new bike and have concentrated primarily on FS. So far I have tried and liked (sorted by pref so far):
Santa Cruz Superlight (R XC build)
Cannondale Rize 4
Specialized Stumpy Elite
I'm aiming more for a bike that will be good to start racing on next year (XC only - price range from $2k to $2700). As far as comparing bikes, I thought my test rides of the Superlight and Rize were pretty similar, but when I got back and looked at the specs, I see that the rize has considerably more travel than I'll want/need. The Elite had a nice ride and had the option of rear lockout, which the other two did not have.
Should I track down a rush or scalpel? Do either of those price out similar to the rize 4? Other thoughts?
Also tried a Felt Virtue 4, but I didn't really care for the ride as much. One shop that has trek/gf only had hardtails, so far I could see (and the Trek store would need to order the Trek bikes I was looking for). I may still take the money that I want to spend on these bikes and just get a high-end hardtail, but I'm mostly lending towards FS.