Well just placed my order for my entry level MTB. I was looking at between the Trek Marlin 5 and the Giant Talon 29 3. Both have very similar specs and prices, I ended up going with the Giant Talon 29 3 due to having a slightly better drivetrain. The Talon is running Shimano Altus vs the Trek which is running the Shimano Tourney. Both are basic lower end but the Altus is a step up from the Tourney. I will probably upgrade the fork on this since it is a coil fork vs an air fork but that will be a few months down the road. There some great trails in OC that we will be hitting up very soon, see you on the trails.