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Dilemma: Norco Storm 9.1 vs Carrera Kraken

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Dilemma: Norco Storm 9.1 vs Carrera Kraken

Hi there,

I am in a bit of a dilemma. I would like to buy a bike, but I have a hard time deciding which one.

My main interest is cycling in forests, mud paths, fast downhill and occasionally some jumping. Technically I would use it for commuting, but my commute consists of some 10 minutes in a muddy forest trail, followed by a 20 minute ride along a canal on a somewhat smooth trail. I would never cycle on the road with it. I would not go jumping every day, but I would like to be confident that it could take it if i wanted to.

Two bikes have caught my attention specifically, based on reviews and price range: the Carrera Kraken and the Norco Storm 9.1. There is also the the Norco Storm 6.1, as I have difficulties finding out the real differences between the 6.1 and the 9.1.

What would folks here recommend, the Norco or the Kraken?

The Norco Storm 9.1 kind of stretches my budget a bit, so I could not afford anything more costly that that, but if anyone has any alternative suggestions, I would appreciate it.

As a side question, is it worth considering 650b wheels?
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