I took the Jamis Dakar XLT 1 2004 for a test ride at my local bike shop and loved it. Perfect for what I want to do xc with a few 2-3 foot drops everyonce in a while. However its very expensive, at 1,449 a bit more than I want to pay. I'm currently looking at a lightly used but NOT abused (no drops) 2003 for about 500 less than the 2004 and was wondering what people think. Keep in mind I do get free tune ups for life of bike if I get the 2004 from the local bike shop and a full warranty. In the long run what do people here think would be more cost effective and would suit my needs best. Thanks!