When we got to ride the new Niner Jet 9 RDO, we fell in love. This is probably the most playful but still plush trail bike on the market at the moment. This particular build features a 140mm air spring in the fork, which ships at 120, and this makes the bike even better.
This bike is what we'd choose for our only mountain bike. Pedals pretty dang good, descends in a way that forces you to smile, jumps how you expect it to.
We heatshrunk the cables to keep it as clean as it rides.
And this is the bike that introduced us to the awesome OneUp Comp pedals. So we love it for that, too.