my trek 4500 was $460 new out the door. it has tektro v brakes that don't even compare to hydros but work pretty well when adjusted properly, fork/frame/wheels are all disc ready, i may upgrade someday but they get me by. the rockshox judy fork is very firm. its rigid most of the time and only compresses on bumps. i'd like it to be softer but i like the firmness as i ride on road 70%+ of the time. it weighs about 26lbs without accessories., acera front/deore rear ders. the acera has never needed adjustment in the 2 years ive had it. the deore needs adjustment about every 100 miles, but even when its out of adjustment it rides fine, i just like it to be perfect. it came with broad metal platform pedals with pegs. umm not sure what else to say. i've ridden it on hundreds of on and off road miles and it loves it. i changed the grips to spec ergos and the saddle to a terry. i also threw on chevron tread tires (more road oriented than the acx's it came with, but still very nice off road) and a rear rack since i do more commuting than off road during the winter. i might keep the rack on because it acts as a fender and i could haul more food/first aid/camera stuff on trails in the summer too. all in all i think its a great bike for the money and what i do with it.
my wife has a trek fuel ex that has 4" or 5" in the front and rear, and both can go from super soft to firm to locked out, so it can be a rigid, a plush HT, a firm HT, a plush FS, or a firm FS. it came with fox front and rear suspension and LX front and XT rear ders, hayes hydros - nines or sole i don't remember, they work well though - it was $1300