Xcess79 wrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Mountain Bike - X9 AM Build Kit 2009 on January 2, 2010
The best bike I have ever ridden. I started out with the X-9 build, but since have added a few heavier parts that have brought the bike up to almost 34lbs, and it still pedals like a 27lb bike. If you can't keep up with pretty much anyone(spandexed weight weenie racers excluded), it's because of your fitness, not the bike. I rock this bike at the resorts as well, and it slays the downhills. One warning though, these wheels WILL NOT handle downhilling. You will blow them up. If you plan on hitting gaps and drops and rock gardens at speed, thrown on some big boy wheels, and some 2.5 tires.