Buying a hardtail for speed. Any advice?

mbm39 Posts: 6
edited May 2010 in MTB buying advice
I am soon going to purchase a hardtail mountain bike for trail purposes and possibly racing so speed and comfort are important. My budget is a maximum of £2500. I'm looking currently at the Scott Scale 20 and the Trek XC 9.8. Which is best and is there any other bikes I should consider?