So after nearly a season with the Top Fuel, I've decided that I'm going to sell it and get a hardtail. Our trails don't really require much suspension so I am really just dragging around 4-5lbs of weight. It's been fun though and I learned a lot about mountain biking riding the TF.
So I'm checking out the new Specialized Chisel for $1850: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/me...pert-1x/128882
and am wondering if anyone has any opinions about the specs and components for the money. Bikerumor weighed it and it came in at 24.4lb without pedals. Pretty impressive for an aluminum bike. My LBS is having a storewide sale right now so they will probably knock off another 10-15% from the price. I will also probably put a remote lockout on the forks, put on a 32 chain ring, and get some lighter wheels (I'm open to suggestions on a wheelset).
Are there any other hardtails I should be looking at in this price range?