Those of you who've read my previous post will know that I've recently got back into biking after not riding since 1995.
Obviuosly things have changed a heck of a lot, I bought a hardtail GT from Halfords with a good if basic Deore spec at a very good sale price. The idea being I'll see how I get on if I really enjoy my riding I'll upgrade. Thing is I am a little old fashioned and to me hardtails were still the daddy of all bike designs and disc's brake's are really only for racers. I now realise I was wrong and its going to cost me big time to upgrade to a bike that will suit the style of riding that I do the most of.
My problem is basically this, I bought a new handbuilt wheel set (not cheap) but I did not get disc hubs cause I thought I'd never want to upgrade to disc's. My riding style is a mix of XC with light Downhil and Freeride, so I would also like to get a Full suspension frame. But most FS frame are disc only and that is going to make the option of building my own bike (which appeals to me a lot) very expensive
So I have 3 options buy a complete bike on 0% credit which I would rather not do. Buy a second hand bike, or hopefully find a FS frame that excepts V-brakes but will suit my style of riding.
I have a budget of £500-£700 max for a frame or second hand bike/frame. Or if I'm to go the credit route I'd like to pay in the region of £1600.
For the frame's I had been looking at Giants XTC NRS which I've seen for £550 with a Rock Shock rear shock, but I've decided its to XC based and will not be tough enough for me. The only frame I have seen that is in my price range from new is a Club Roost XC4 Enduro (different from the XC4 I think?) its a single pivot bike with 4 inches of travel so its a good match for my Zocchi fork which is also 4 inches, the XC4 also has V-brake mounts.
The frame is looking like it could be more trouble and cost than its worth. For bike from new, I like the look of the MarinTARA/QAUD bike's but have never heard from anyone who owns one. The Marin Wolf ridge is £1700 (£100 over budget) but has a very appealing spec with :- Hope Mini's, Mavic X-223 rims, Fox Forx Talas R, XT/LX mix, Truvativ Stylo ISIS crankset, FSA finishing kit. Basically all the stuff I'd build a bike with myself
Also the Marin Rock sprongs which is a TARA but not quad link rear suspension design, at £1200 it is very appeal but there is a few parts I'd replace unlike the Wolf Ridge which is perfect as it is. Magura Julie brake's, Truvativ 5 D crankset, Zocchi MX Pro ETA 120 forks, most of the other stuff is the same.
Also I've considered a Specialised Enduro but to get the approx same level kit as the Marin Wolf I'd have to get the Expert which is £1900. Or there's the comp for £1700 with Manitou Black forks instead of Fox Talas forks.
Connondale Jekyll 800 or Norco Six, although the Norco may be to heavy for XC work and long distance riding that I do a lot of.
I'm want a do anything bike the Buzz word seems to be trail bike. So I'd like to know if anyone owns any of the bikes I mentioned, and your opinion on which is the best go anywhere bike that is as good goin up hills and traveling long distance's as it is going downhill.
I'd particularly like to know more about the Club Roost XC4 Enduro frame, to me the XC4 looks like an Orange Five bike which I have also considered, I could afford to get the XC4 2moro and have enough parts to build it up as well!! It just that I'm a bit worried the XC4 will not be strong enough to tackle small drops and the light DH and FR that I do.