I just moved to the SF bay area, so I was looking for an XC bike. I was considering some of the HT models in the "fantom" line, as well as the 29er fantom that was ~$800.
Anyhow, sometimes the bike just finds you: Since that microsoft live cash back thing was active on ebay again, I ended up getting a Fantom Comp DS for about $650 shipped once its all said and done.
I wasn't in the market for a squishy, and I realize it's an "entry" level to DS bikes, but I thought it was a pretty good deal and took the plunge. The bike had some changes from what's usually listed on BD though - wheels and tires changed to vuelta XRP comps and WTB velociraptors respectively. Haven't taken it out for a spin yet, hope to soon.
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