Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Not certain of the price over in the Oz but another bike for you to consider. The Whyte 46. This is rapidly becoming the bike to get in the UK. Long travel suspension for XC, but still light (26lbs). strong enough to take anything that can be thrown at it, and the ride is superb.
I rode one about a month ago, and the ride is superb for comfort, climbing is a doddle, and quality of parts fitted makes you wonder why the other manufacturere bikes are so expensive for what they are. Downhill on this is unbelievable, almost as good as a full downhill, or so I am told by those that have ridden it on aggressive downhill courses, but that is not what the bike is built for. On the Bike front, this is the one that I would aspire to if I was in the market for comfort with handling and lightness.