The last MBA I think (or the one before) had a DJ bike shootout. The P3 from specalized won it's pick. $1600 ain't bad, XT drivetrain, Blackspire chainguide, Hydro Brakes, and a Manitou Sherman Jumper fork. Was a pretty good deal with the parts makeup + their warrenty is top notch incase something breaks or busts.
Chase, P. series, or the Kona DJ lines are all excellent bikes for that stuff and reasonably priced as well. You're going to want the guts to be solid. Good wheels, cranks, and fork.
I almost got a Cowan as they aren't too much (frame only), but there's chase's and P series floating around. I see them in the for sale sections all the time.
You may want to check out the DK Xenia, it's a single speed, chromoly frame with a mix of bmx components that can take a beating. For the three weeks I had mine I was in love with it, the fork isn't great, but it's burly. www.dkbicycles.com
u can take a look at the new cortina ht...u can get it built pretty much however u want depending on your $$$$...try searching for cortina in this forum..there are some pics in here somewhere or u can email firstname.lastname@example.org..im out of town but adrian might have some frames ready by now..
spunger u better not talk sh@# for me recommending this bike..i just saw your last comment about me in the lounge and it didnt make me to happy...:evil: