Right.. after a bit of encouragement from reading this thread and some minimal goading from my mate - this arvo I slapped down a deposit on an XTC1. Should have it next weekend - dunno if that factored in this long weekend however.
My LBS talked me around from the XTC2. Got a new road morph pump, some eggbeater Cs, a hydration bladder, spare brake pads and new U-lock all thrown in for a smidge over $2K.
Cool! Sounds like we'll be seeing you on the next dirt ride then.
Are you free during the week at all? I know you won't have the bike this week, but a mate and I are taking another newbie out on Wed or Thurs (he's buying an XtC2). We may end up doing quite a few mid-week rides in the future. You're welcome to join us (as is anyone else who is free).