I have three bikes that I'm looking at.
The Trek Cobia has a SRAM X5 real derailer, and a Deore front with Avid Elixer hydraulic brakes and a Rockshox Recon Silver single air (100mm) fork and will run me $1129.
A Cannondale SL2 Trail has the same brakes, SRAM X5 front a rear, and the same fork, but 80mm travel. It will run $1199.
TRAIL SL 2 - Trail SL - Hardtail - Mountain - Bikes - 2013
I also looked at a Scott Aspect 910, which has a Shimano XT rear and Deore fron derailers, with the Shimano hydraulic brakes, and a Rockshox XC32 single air fork. It will run $1350.
SCOTT Aspect 910 Bike - SCOTT Sports
The Scott will stretch my budget to it's max.
Local shops have the Trek and Cannondale in stock, but the Scott will have to be ordered, as they don't have my size in stock.