Need help with bike decision
This is my first post but I have a few questions that I can hopefully get some help with. I have just within the past probably 5 to 6 months have gotten pretty in to mountian biking and I have had the same bike for about a year and a half now. It is a GT avalanche 1.0 and I need a new bike. It is atarting to fall apart and I need a bike that is up to my riding ability now. I'm looking for more of a cross country bike but something with full suspension and more travel than your average XC bike. I do races for fun but I'm not crazy about it. So I basically need a bike with alot of travel, relatively light ( just not downhill heavy), full suspension, comfortable, and an overall mean ass bike. Any help? I've been looking at Santa cruz and Rocky mountain a little bit.