I know everyone raves about the bikes they have, so I'll do the same. Only this is a budget? 29er.
I didn't want to go over £1300.
I didn't really want a Cube or the like....no real reason, I just like bike shop brands.
And although on a budget I would want to race it now and then. I knew Treks always made a good alu frame, and this one has the GF touch which men of my age like.
The spec seemed good as well, full SRAM, tubeless ready and Reba's and a weight around 25lb. Plus it looks good.
I got it yesterday, and it was ace out of the box. I can't fault a thing...pushed the cheap QR levers!
Bare in mind £1300 is the full price.
My mate who bought it for me owns a store that sells another big name brand. last night he conceded this was the best hardtail at the price end of.
Edit. Handling, what's the issue. I don't know if it's the geometry or what, but this out maneuvered my 26er. One example is where you are spat out of the singletrack and have to turn hard left and uphill at the same time. Usually you have to use the whole track and tease the bike round. The Trek just took it easilly only using half the space to turn.