I recently got back into mountain biking after a few years out by buying a year 2000 rockhopper FSR, but I cant stand the way it bobs on climbs and its so heavy. Therefore im looking for something with a more hardtail feel. One i've looked at is the Giant XTC 3 (uk version) looks nice and looks good value, but i've also heard great things about the NRS system, most people say it does what it promises, ie climbs like a hardtail, it also has a negligible weight difference to the XTC.
What do people think, is it worth the little extra for the rear suspension which seems to have no downside, or can anyone give a reason why the XTC would be better.
I do 40% Road
40% dirt/rocky paths