I was going to get the Kokanee and upgrade the front derailleur from Acera to Deore, but then I noticed the Storm, which is Deore all around (Rapid fire shifters and both derailleurs), and has a 9 speed drive train, disc hubs, and a Truvativ crank, for only 100 dollars more than the Kokanee with the Deore front derailleur.
I think I'm going for the Storm, which is going to come to $862 CDN, with taxes. A little more than I want to spend, but I want something that shifts extremely cleanly and will last.
What do you think?
Edit to add: I LOVE the Marzocchi 100mm Shocks on both the Kokanee and the Storm. How high of a drop do you think they could handle?