Over the last month I've taken a few bike out for a spin. I've narrowed it down to three
Kona Big Kahuna
Salsa El Mariachi
Giant xtc 1
All about the same price.
I dont know what makes one better than the other. they all seem to have the same level of components. and other than the salsa being steel they seem pretty much the same to me.
i plan to use the bike for 2 hour or less races/rides included the local short track series.