I am in the process of shopping for a new FS mtb and have eyes on the Giant Trance and Kona Hei Hei (have only recently started looking). I am limited mostly to what my local stores stock if I want to test ride.
However, during my search I have also come across specials and closeouts but usually I would have to buy these without being able to test ride or even see it. Here's an example of a great deal:
Universal Cycles -- Online Specials & Overstock Items
A $3,200 bike for $1,700! What are your thoughts on going this route? Any experience out there with Salsa bike vs Giant vs Kona?