Originally Posted by LA Guy
I think that 1K is the absolute highest I could pay in the foreseeable future, and I ride mountainbikes (which is good, because they are a whole lot cheaper than good road bikes.) I figure I might get a Rockhopper or something similar with a hybrid XT/LX system. Sturdy, reliable, and gets the job done. Sort of the APC New Standards of mountain bikes.
If you like Cdale, why not look at the F600? It was on my list, but my LBS that carries Cdale would not negotiate the price (you might have more luck with your LBS):
Also the Trek 6700 is around the same price range as the F600:
Or you could spend a bit less and buy the bike I got, the Trek 6500 Disc:
If you want FS, the Trek Fuel 80 is a good buy, if you get a large enough discount: