MTN Bike picked out .. thoughts?

Primary goal is to have a Mountain bike that I can enjoy casually and race long distance with. I swayed back and forth about getting a Full Suspension or a Hard Tail. After a few rides testing both, I just felt that the hard tail was going to be the best fit for me.

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/xtc.composite.29er.1/14830/66317/#specifications

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