...so i figured i'd start the obligatory ask for your advice thread.
Riding Style: aggressive XC/all mountain. I climb A LOT and then like to ride downhill as fast as i can and then climb again and repeat. Don't really have any technical trail features where i live, but i like to travel and enjoy log rides and skinnes and the like. Can't really see myself doing drops any bigger than 5 foot. but who knows? I def want to be able to ride this bike off some big stuff.
Riding Background: this will be my first full suspension bike. Currently riding a fast, light, and twitchy stumpjumper with a very racey geometry. I am used to a pretty streched out cockpit.
What I Want: Something between 5 to 6 inches front and back that goes up just as well as it goes down. I want a strong bike but it needs to be under 30 lbs. The lighter, the better. I also want to be able to be a playful bike that i can flick and maneuver all over the trail.
Budget: I would be will to spend $4000, but would like to keep it closer to $3000. If i can stay near $2000, even better! I am not opposed to buying used.
Sooo after all that, the bikes I am considering are as follows.
Specialized Enduro SL 09 (or 08 with a single crown fork)
Trek Remedy 7 from 2008 and then upgrade brakes drivetrain and wheels
Ibis Mojo (would need to find a used one me thinks... but what a sexy ride! Ohh La la!)
Anyways, i've only been able to test ride the enduro, reign, and remedy. I am very confused about sizing. All the bikes the LBS put me on feel way to cramped, but i worry if i go up to a larger size i would loose flickability. Who knows.
Anyways, if you've made it this far thanks for reading. I know I have probably left out important info and asked too much in a very roundabout way, so thanks for any input in advance!