Frame: Maxbike (a local bike manufacturer) M507, ALU-6061, 1888 grams
Fork: Suntour Raidon LO (could get an Epicon RLR but that would be some extra $130 that I don't have)
Handlebars: Cannondale Al 640 mm
Stem: Scor 90 mm (but I'll probably get a smaller one)
Seatpost: Zoom 350 mm
Seat: Force Nico
Crankset: Shimano M552 42-32-22
Shifters: Shimano M660 2013
FD: Shimano M671
RD: Shimano M670
Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-36
Chain: Shimano HG54
Hubs: Shimano XT
Brakes: Shimano M615 (sorry for the error in original post)
Brake discs: Shimano SMRT64 180 mm
I'm not that tall (176 cm), so there's no reason for me to buy a big and heavy 29er.
These bikes are built by the shop, so you can basically choose your own configuration. Two of the parts above are actually not in the default configuration and were ordered as an extra upgrade (615 brakes instead of 505 cost about $25, then another about $20 for the pedals, and about $36 the XT hub instead of a Deore.
No nice tracks here AFAIK, but most of our roads suck so much that you need a MTB to ride on them comfortably. And it also makes my able to use some shortcuts (with broken tarmac, huge potholes, and rough gravel with some big rocks).
Anyway, I picked it up at the post office a few hours ago and after hauling it home on a hand truck (the box weighed 18.5 kg and the post office is about a kilometer away from my home) it's now assembled and waiting for its first ride tomorrow to bed-in the brakes.
And to be accurate, the price (incl. shipping) is 20 948 CZK, i.e. $962.
Bought some road tyres to replace the chunky MTB tyres, i've only gone up and down my path but already i can feel how much better it is. Also the amount of rolling resistance is substantially less and it looks nicer!
I love the way USB cigarette-lighter chargers are now small enough that they just fill the socket entirely with no trailing wires or transformers sticking out, so I can keep it there permanently. For about £3 I can turn a useless peice of equipment on my dashboard into two USB charging ports.
Elac EL 110 II. 25 years old, german quality, awesome sound.
I've had the same model since i was ten years old. Recently i've got some Audio Pro Diamond something home cinema speakers for free from my brother. They sound not bad, but very clinical, and they are UGLY!
Still i thought i would prefer them somehow... so gave my old ELAC to a friend for free. Later on, everytime i would visit that friends place, i was regretting giving them away, they sound so much nicer (not exactly better, but not as tiring to the ears). So two days ago i saw them pop up on an auction site and couldn't resist!