Whoa, emails stopped coming through and had no idea there were so many awesome responses, thanks so much! Since posting I found the Fuji Reveal 1.1 at Performance Bike here in Charlotte. It’s $1,500 and comes pretty well spec’d. I took a quick ride around the shops backyard (torn up asphalt, little hill, etc) and I loved it. It felt firm, stable and is actually lighter than my moto 400ht!
What do you guys think about this? I hear everyone’s thoughts on a hardtail + bike but the squishy back end really felt nice on my tush. Performance Bike also gives 10% back if you are a member ($30 one time fee) so I’d get $150 back to by some clipless pedals and shoes or upgrade to a 1X.