I bought my ’03 Giant NRS2 new in 2005 and I think I paid about $1200. It has full suspension and disc brakes. I think my next mtb will be either a hardtail or have really good rear suspension. The disc brakes I can’t do without anymore. I bought the bike when I was living in San Diego and used it 3-4 times a week on some pretty grueling trails, and nothing broke on it until I moved here last summer. Overall I’ve been very happy with the bike I bought, I got some better components and the bike is really light, especially for the price, compared with the current year’s models in that price range.