About 2 months ago, I sold my five 0 and bought a Santa Cruz Heckler 2006 2005 or 2004????model for £500 quid. It came with Marzocchi zr150 forks, 5th element shock which I changed out for a fox float r (2011 model £17 bargain off ebay) couldn't get a spring to hold my weight), I chose to change the brakes from hayes nine to stroker trails (30quid brakes), crank race face, wheels mavics can't remember the model.
I was questioning myself for ages as I felt I may of over paid for the bike. Was this too high or just right?
But now, I absolutely love it, and feel it was worth the money - it still needs a little tlc on the gearing but everything else is brilliant. It's great for playing on down the freeride park and for XC. I managed to service the forks myself which was a doddle,