After searching for the right bike, feel, price, etc, I just wanted to say that today I purchased a new 2008 X3 from my LBS. Being an entry level rider I certainly wasn't going to go out and purchase a high end pro MB but I've gotta say, I'm extremely please with it. I'll be keeping the stock components for a little while before upgrading a couple things but all in all, I do love my Jamis!!! She's real purty!

CL

ps.. Btw, I also bought it for 3 bills out the door..