Alright in all honesty I love redlines: monocog, d660, d440. Each are great rides and you don't have to have the most expensive bike out there man. You wanna get back into it and drop over 1k. What if it isn't the same, upgrades for the redlines can also put their performance over some of those listed in this thread (granted this is my personal opinion) save the money I'd say. I love 29ers fantastic choice! Wouldn't go with anything else now a days. Good luck. I'm sure I wasn't much help just a thought.