I've always been a roadie/cross country MTB rider. I'm not the strongest climber, therefore I've gradually fallen into the weight conscious crowd. I've been riding a lightweight hardtail for years but my aging body has been dying from some rear bump suppression.
Although I'll never get rid of the hardtail, I've always liked the Horst Link 4-bar linkage and wanted to build one. So I carefully sourced my parts searching on eBay as well as other sources and settled on a y2k Specialized Stumpjumper FSR. Most of the parts are used with the exception of the chain, cables, and the Fizik Alliante saddle. Total cost to build this entire bike was around $700. (I enjoy the assembly almost as much as riding!) Actual weight with pedals came to 25.4lbs
It climbs well and I've been pleased with its descending capabilities. Its not a huckster, but I am happy with its fast handling cross country nature. I was pleased with the outcome and it didn't break the bank!
Here are some shots of the completed bike. Just thought I'd share.