I love Giant bikes and they have accounted for 75% of the bikes I've owned. I currently have an 07 Reign 2 with six inches of travel. The X2 pictured is way overkill unless you plan on riding the Vortex drops at Santos all the time or you want to ride mountain bike parks fairly often. My 07 Reign does pretty good at Alafia, Boyette, Carter, and Santos but even it is kinda overkill. My Trance was just a little to XC for my liking. I really like my Reign cause I can just point it where I want to go and let the suspension soak it up. It's a very forgiving bike and I enjoy riding more now that I've got it. I used to worry about my Trance and it wasn't without reason.....blew the shock out a few weeks ago.