Just wanted to respond about RSD.  I bought the Ti Middle Child as I wanted a steel (or Ti) hardtail. Despite not being the value of the steel version, I can not quantify how awesome a bike this is! I have no qualms taking it anywhere in the PNW; I always end up smiling at the end of the run. And Alex was great to work with; he was more responsive than some local bike shops I have worked with.  You should throw a leg over one if you haven't!