I'm sure you longtimer SWAMPers here have hashed this out a million times. Bear with me as I am new to your forum. Not new to the bike by a long stretch but concentrate most of my cycling forum time on a couple of roadie sites.
So, back to the MTB and consider that my question refers to a riding area between Gainseville and here. Felasco, Santos, WTA, Boyette, Alafia and such. If you had to concentrate all your dollars into one MTB what platform would you ride. Not asking about brand as that always opens it up to too many loyalties. I mean HT vs FS, 26 vs 29 and so on.
Let me divulge that my current MTB is a GF Rig that I have upgraded quite a bit and I love it. My past bikes have been several GF's (HT and FS), Serotta ti 29r HT and Ellsworth Truth. I have had a hard time in the past holding on to bikes very long but as the economy has put the squeeze on me (I am a contractor) I have learned to hold on a little tighter. That being said I am selling one of my road bikes (contradicting myself, huh?) as I have found in the past few years that I really love my fixed gear roadie more than the others. The plan is to take the $ from the sale, put it with a few other $'s and do up a new MTB ride.