After a lot of research and debating among myself, I came to the decision to buy a Giant Rincon. I went to VeloCity Pro Cycles in Tuscaloosa, AL to get an idea of what size I would need. They didn't have a medium so the guy said he would have one built for me so I could try it. I went back the next morning and there it was. The guy then told me that they didn't have the 2009 so I was getting the 2010 Rincon. I walked out with it and went straight to the trails at Sokol park. I love this bike. I had a much easier time climbing than with my old Schwinn. My only complaint is that the tires it comes with are way too slick for trails. So I went back and bought some better gripping tires. This is one sexy bike. I highly recommend the Giant Rincon. Great bike, great price. Oh yeah...I will never go back to V-brakes again. The disc brakes are amazing.