I have the chance to get the Giant Talon 1 with 40% off........the last 2014 in stock.
I can see good and bad in the components but have only ever had one hard tail so can't really decide.
Hmm, I have a Revel, which is a very similar frame, but otherwise has low end parts. Higher Talons should have better wheels for a start and a better (and lighter) fork. Reviewers seemed to like it IIRC, No complaints about the handling of mine certainly