Originally Posted by neoslan
Well, there really isnt much of one. My very max is $2000. I would prefer, however to stay near $1000.
For fit- try riding an actual bike at a shop, not da internet.
For your price range, you need to do some work. $1,000 or $2,000 is like saying you want to buy a $25,000 or a $50,000 car. There is going to be a HUGE difference there.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR is pretty sweet- check that out. In reality, almost all brands make very high quality comparable bikes in this price range. Have fun shopping.