Ok, after road cycling for the last 5-6yrs I've decided to hit the trails again. My last MTB was a 94' Specialized Stumpjumper FS that I bought new so obviously I've been out of the game for a while.
I currently ride a Scott Addict road bike so naturally I went to my LBS and checked out the Scott MTBs, I found I like the 27.5" much better than the 29", I'm 5'8" and 175lbs, 41yrs old. BTW the Scale 740 is on the list.
Because I have no idea what's what in the MTB world I have no clue as to what components and forks are worth a ****.
What would you guys recommend for a 27.5", hardtail with a good fork around the $2k mark? I'd spend more if this wasn't my first MTB in 20yrs but I want to make sure I stick with it for a while. I really have no idea what brands to go for or avoid.