A strong 7
Sparta Brad said:my budget which is ballpark $2k.
look for deals on '06s since the '07s are coming out. From a straight "deal" point of view, you may want to check these guys out:
They are located on rte 23 and carry a lot of brands, including giant and kona. The shop manager seems like a nice guy who wants to move inventory - HOWEVER, I have had no experience with them from a service point of view. I have no mechanical aptitude so my relationship with a lbs is more important than intitial pricing, which is why my bike $$ goes to cycle craft.