I've been riding my trusty Barracuda hardail for 7 years now - on road, off road, commuting 3000+ miles per year.
I want a new cross-country oriented full suspension bike. I want tight, light, flickable, efficient, firm-ish suspension, and not too much of it. maybe 80-100mm front and back, no more. "big-hit" ability is unnecessary, I have been getting by with my Bomber z2's short but incredibly sweet travel with no complaints.
I have no desire or ability to dh, this bike will spend it's time on tight Texas singletrack hardpack. I want 25lb range. I'm 6'3", weight about 190 (trying to loose some, aren't we all?).
Researching on my own is fun but takes a lot of time, which is sparse. So you with experience: Any suggestions?
I'm willing to spend up to $2000 for the right ride.
Thanks in advance!!