Originally posted by Mashimaro
Go take a look at Giant brand bikes. I recently helped a friend buy one that was pretty nice. came out to about 1300cnd...so that should be about rite w/ your 900US range. Very nice bike...it was an XTC2 hardtail. weighed just a bit under 25lbs.
I just bought a brand new Giant XTC2 for $950, just came out a few weeks. Retail price is $1100
Its so new its not even on the Giant-bicycle website yet.
This bike is so damn good for the money its not even funny. It will kill any bike that cost 3-4 hundred dollars more. The frame is 2.9 pounds, with XTR parts. brand new 2003 minotou skarab fork.
Very fast, I have no problems keeping up with roadies
Oh did i mentions that it is also beautiful. Black with blue accents.
Don't take out words for it the Giant XTC2 is rated damn good. check mtbreview.com 4.8 out of 5 by dozens of users