the simple answer is the best solution...all things being equal, of course. the orbea occam.
it has more travel than a cross country racing bike should have. 115mm in the rear with a travel adjust talas in the front (100/120/140) sounds much more like a marathon bike, but i'm not really worried about that. it still came in under 25 pounds with real tires and real parts, nothing to leave me stranded on the side of the trail.
and i really do love me some travel!