Funny I went through the same thing with my wife! I wore her down to the point where she said go get. The only difference was I knew exactly what I wanted. I got the Kona Satori. 29er. I love this bike! Not a great climber but it will get you to the top. Descending is where it's at with this baby. My neighbor just got a stumpjumper 29er and rocks with that and he can keep with the XC crowd no problem. My Satori was 3K however I think the 2013 model is 3300 since it has full Shimano components with Shadow plus and a crankbrothers konolog dropper post. You may be able to find a 2012 model for much cheaper now that the 2013 are out. Good luck and happy hunting! If you're in the Medford area drop by JRA they have the demos to take out too!