Yes, I know how could I? Well I got a huge team discount that spoke louder than common sense. I am a Cat 4 road/ Crit racer getting back into mountain biking after a 20 year hiatus, yea early 40's for age. My son is 15 and we have been riding together on the local trails. After using my wife's 1989 Trek 7000 rigid, I borrowed a few 29ers to try. I am hooked. Loved the Giant XTC better than the Cannondale Flash 29 3 Lefty (got to take both on hard rides) and was set on the Giant as I have bought 5-6 bikes from the local LBS. Well the top 6 racers on our team get a special discount and Scott was the company I could order from so I picked the Elite as I didn't want a carbon frame, and still wanted a hardtail. The components and fork are similar to the XTC1 which would have been about $850 more than the Scott. Couldn't justify the cash difference. Well anyway, I plan on recreational riding with my son and eventual mountain bike racing if all goes well so I wanted some decent components. Any input is appreciated!