Been out of the MTB scene for a long time, looking to get back into it. With my size (6'2" 180lbs.) and riding style, looking for a 29er. Looking for a general use bike; trails, singletrack, some jumping, maybe some light duty DH, nothing super technical. Planning on HT to get more for my money. With that said, I think something with shorter chainstays and slacker head angle would suit me best. Tons of research at MTBR has given me even more options, looking for a little clarification
2011 Trek X-Caliber ($1250 on sale at LBS)
2011 Trek HiFi Plus ($1650 on sale at LBS)
2012 Scott Scale Elite ($1600 at LBS, maybe be able to work it down a little)
2012 Yeti Big Top ($1999 on sale at LBS)
So clearly, I'm perplexed. The HiFi is the only FS of the group, trying to decide if it's worth it. The Scott is the only bike I haven't ridden yet, but like the complete Shimano setup and consistency. The Yeti is by far the best group build, but I wonder if it's wise to spend that much on a HT.
A little help? I have some time until my tax refund gets here, so I'm trying to narrow this down.