Man, Dawg you carry a lot of bikes.
Yeti's look nice. I've only seen a couple. No dealers around here. I'd have to fly somewhere to a shop or have someone ship one to me. A lot of risk for a bike I've never ridden.
I'll look into the Intense bikes. She if my local dealers can get em.
My thoughts on a few of these comments. I can't do a full carbon frame. I had a Trek OCLV hardtail that I cracked through a chainstay. Maybe I'd go full carbon if it was a once a week race bike only. I did look at the GF Superfly very carefully. I decided that it wasn't worth the risk of a rock flying up and busting the frame. Also if I get too weight weenie, its going to break.
On 29ers...I was set on getting one. Then, I started reading some 29ers blogs. One pro put one of those wattage measuring hubs and compared the output of a 29 to a 26 inch bike. The energy output for the 29er was higher. Plus climbing isn't my forte'. The increased wheel diameter is like pushing a bigger gear. I am a large, 6.0", powerful 215 lbs rider...I really don't look like a XC biker. The idea of those long spokes detensioning doesn't particularly appeal either.
The courses and riding I like are very rocky, technical, and abusive. I like the courses that bounce you around and require upper body strength to make it through. I decend well, and I can really hammer flats. I climb like I've got cinder blocks on my pedals.
I usually ride Sport Class, although my ummm.... friend registered us Expert/Pro in the 24 hours of Big Bear.http://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/etsx/index.aspx
I like Rocky Mountains descriptions of the ultra marathon bikes, the ETS series. I think that pretty well describes what type of bike I'm looking for. Something that can take long abusive rocky terrain and still be race worthy.
I also think the Hi Fi would suit me. Thats the way I'm leaning at the moment. I'm still on the fence though. I'm kind of tired of the Fisher deal in a way. It took me forever to get my Cake dialed in.
The Trek Fuel EX 9 is also a sweet bike. Take a look at the rear wheel, the skewer runs through a pivot bearing! It has a few issues though. Poor rear wheel clearance, the skewer tends to slide on the smooth surface of the retaining bearing of the rear wheel.