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Depends on your willingness to fuss with the bike.

If you enjoy or at least feel comfortable playing bike mechanic, used is a good way to go. You can go to a shop and pay for a fitting without buying a bike, take the specs they give you, and go internet shopping. You may wind up doing some assembly and part swapping, but you can save lots.

Otherwise, I'd find a shop that has Surly or Gunnar or similarly priced frames, get a good fitting, the parts you want, and do it as right as you can from the start. You have, imho, found a pretty good price point to start looking. My preference is to start with a frame, and put what you want on it. It costs a few dollars more, but you can often come much closer to what you want than you can with an off-the-rack bike,
 
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