I did check out the Redline stuff, and Ridley, Giant, etc... The Giant was nice except for the lower grade components, but for the $$ that's expected. I have a Giant STP-1 for jumping and goofing around...love that bike.
I ended up getting this bad mofo: (Scott CX Team)http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/product/9083/45048/cx_team
Perfect for what I was looking for. Climbs like a mountain goat. Sweet ride!
(Yeah I know I originally said under $1k... I'm easy to upsell...)
Thanks for the suggestions!
This post has been edited by John McNiel: May 24 2010, 02:43 PM