I stopped into a LBS today and found a very nice looking hardtail by Motobecane. For $995 you get the following: XTR rear derailleur, LX front derailler and shifters, Avid Single Digit 7 brakes and levers, LX hubs, Truvativ Stylo Team SL cranks and bottom bracket, XT rear cassette, and a RST Aerosa-Bas fork. The frame is Kinesium 6000 series aluminum and the whole package weighs less than 21 lbs. The frame looks very well made and the company has a good warranty. Anybody have one of these or heard good or bad things about the brand? The tires and seat suck, but for the price those can be upgraded.
I have a roadbike, but I love my new Motobecane! Bicycling magazine gave em great reviews.Not the old French made company but they are putting great bikes together at a cheap price to try and make a name for themselves (again) You won't find a better deal!
The frame appears to be very well made. The only downside is it comes for Taiwan, but the Giant and Specialized frames I've been looking at are from there as well. I'm going to the LBS again tomorrow to ride one in my size and see if it really compares to the XTC 2 or Stumpjumper.