I just picked up a stumpjumper fsr 29er and absolutly love it. I've a owned number of trail bikes in the 4-6" range and this is by far the best bike I have ridden. List is 3k but can be had for a bit less. I don't know where you are out, of but Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth will let you demo one (29 and 26) for short money. Best of all they include lifetime service and adjustments on all their bikes. As a bonus they even swapped parts out for ones I preferred foc.