I've been out of touch with cycling and want to get back into it. At the moment I'm commuting 10km each way to work on a KHS XC 604t I picked up cheap a while ago. This bike has a lot of deferred maintenance so I'm thinking of getting something new. The bike will be used for getting to work daily, but mostly I want to get back into trail riding/XC this summer.
Would a brand new 2010 Giant Trance X3 for $2,000 be a good deal? There's one left in my size (small) being cleared from a local shop. What other bikes in the price range should I look at? I'm willing to buy used if it's less than 2 years old in good condition, and $2k is my absolute top dollar. Thanks.