i would say go for the 200 xc. if you want lights or somthing like that, the xc-w has a "plug and play" thing going on while i dont think the xc does. i love my 2007 200 xc. its great and has more bottom end grunt than my 250f thumper. my opinion is that the xc is easy to keep in the power because the power is everywhere. i bought the xc because i had heard that the 200 xc-w is a little gappy in the powerband. i ride really tight trails and really fast trails. i couldnt be happier with the 200 xc.