I've been eyeballing the Jenson deal for $1700 http://tinyurl.com/dakotadxc
Carbon frame, tapered headtube, nice fork and components. 21" is the only size left in stock.

Originally I've been looking for a used 29er at around the same price, but I need an XL frame to fit my 6'4" height and they seem to be few and far between. And there's no way I could find a brand new carbon 29er with similar specs for that price. Another advantage is that a used 29er wouldn't have a warranty, and buying this bike as the original owner would give me Jamis' lifetime frame warranty.