Hi, went to my LBS again. This time they had a 2013 Trek Fuel Ex 8 26er on sale. MSRP is $2849 and they have it on sale for $2350. I see that Trek has a $340 rebate on this bike. Never really considered this bike because of it's original price. I was actually looking at only 29er FS bikes, but came across this one. Incredible components for the money and it rides, handles and breaks extremely well. I was about to purchase a leftover 2012 Giant Anthem X 29er 2 for around$1700, but this bike has me re thinking. I don't really have any plans on doing any XC racing. Just intermediate single and technical trails with moderate climbing and descending. Anyone's opinions would be appreciated.