I have a 2003 model that I got for $1000 Canadian a few weeks ago. It should be exactly the same as the one you are considering except for deferent paint and IRC tires. I would just swap the Bontrager tires for IRC ones, they rock on everything except mud. The components are a little low level but they are strong and work well. Mine is the Large 19" model I believe and when I got it I had it weighed and it was 30lbs even. That is heavy, however the wheels are pretty light so you don't really notice the weight at all. I race mine and I much perfer it over my 26" bike which is 3lbs lighter. Once you buy a 29er you'll wonder why all mountain bikes don't have 29" wheels, it is just that much more effecient and faster.