I bought a Mongoose Blackcomb off of Ebay for $120. Someone had been jumping it and the wheels and fork were trashed as well as the bottom bracket. I got a set of Vuelta Wheels for about $80, a Dart 2 fork I pwaid $79 for a year ago, an Easton seatpoist for $15, and an Ebay (never heard of this) Chasertech rear shock for $39...with rebound adjust, then I got some Deore XT derailleurs from Ebay for about $20 each. A trip to the bike shop to apply the parts was about $75 and they repaired the bottom bracket bearing. So, I got a little over $400 in it. The frame was checked out due to the abuse the bike had sustained and it was good which tells me that though heavy the frame is very tough. A co-worker has an Iron Horse Warrior he paid about $600 for. I feel my creation has equivalent or better performance...and I started with a Walgoose. It is way less bouncy in the ride than the Iron Horse and that is for sure. It seems I can ride it over just about anything and it glides over the obstacle like a hovercraft compared to the Trek 6000 hard tail I have been riding. I don't care about resale. My wife will eventually inherit it when I get another Dual suspension frame to build on. It weights 38lbs which is comparable to the weight of the Iron Horse.