I have decided to get the Bianchi Axis. Hopefully in the next few days it will be mine. I know it's not a MTB but I think it will preform most of the functions, for the way I seem to ride these days.
It is indeed a great bike. I have completed twice a charity ride that is a 120 miles on road tires. With CX tires I can ride most any smooth single track. It has even performed very well on not so smooth. Bianchi no longer makes the Axis but its replacement the Zurigo is more or less the same bike. You won't regret the purchase.