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I am looking for a bike that is under $1000 USD ( I can stretch that a little) that can compete in intermediate, and possible with some upgrades, semi-pro single-track racing. Thanks alot, if you need more info just ask.

EDIT: Changed price to $1000 USD ( I can stretch that a little)
 

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a few Ideas

1. http://classifieds.mtbr.com/cgi-bin...ults_format=long&db_id=102562&query=retrieval

2. http://classifieds.mtbr.com/cgi-bin...ults_format=long&db_id=103339&query=retrieval

Just pulled those from the classifieds. Nothing imparticular about those 2 that I thought was great, but just examples. In your price range it is going to be difficult to get a bike that will be competitive at a high level. Impossible with New, difficult used.
Look for some Used jamis and KHS stuff. Those 2 are both good brands that have much lower costs then the big names.
Also try this thread in the what bike to buy forum, and search it while you are over there. there have been literally hundreds of threads just like this one.
Good luck on your jump to semi pro. Hopefully I'll see you there.
 

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I want the Stumpjumper disc, too bad it's so freaking expensive. Anyone know where I can find older models of it?
 

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I think the retail for that bike was like 1600.

So if it is really in fantastic shape 1100 may be realistic. My guess is the guy is a shop employee and got it at wholesale say 30% below retail. So he probably paid close to 1100 for it and is trying to get his money back. He said he is taking offers in the ad.
 

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Fanghasyou is pretty much on target with the race grade hardtail. If you check the ads here or look on Ebay you will usually find a race grade hardtail in the $1000 range. These are bikes that typically are XTR with high grade wheels and fairly decent shocks. They might only be 2-3 years old. These are bikes that would cost $3000 or more new and if broken up and pieced out would sell for quite a bit more than $1000. The seller is typically a racer who got the bike on the cheap and isnt interested in parting his bike out.
The shock and rings may need some attention but they are usually race worthy out of the box.

The other bike I think that offers better value than the Stumpjumper is the Giant NRS. Its not much more money than the race grade hardtail and if you look carefully a 2-3 year old NRS 1 can be had for less than $1000 easily.
 
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