OK, I do my riding like most on here in the UK. But am getting more and more in to the bigger stuff and will be doing the alps in summer 2012 - I currently have a Mondraker Foxy RR 140mm which I love and is perfect for "most" UK terrain and it climbs really well too (I am not built for climbing so that means a lot coming from me) but have had it for a while now and feel if (when!) I buy a new one I should move to 160mm - of which I have no doubt will be better for the Alps too! (I'll prob be keeping the Foxy as well)
I have been eyeing the Orange Alpine 160 which I have stuggled to find a bad word written about it!
But I am thinking about the Mondrakers bigger brother the Dune, I have also seen a few other models coming up alot, Commencal Meta AM, Lapirre Spicy, Santa Cruz Nomad?
Should I indeed go for 160? or 170mm or 180mm?
Can anyone who owns any of these or has ridden any of these give me some input? Which would you go for and why? Is there anything missing from my shortlist?
Right now the Alpine 160 is leading the way for me - But once I narrow my options down I will of course test ride before I spend ALOT of £££ on a new bike. (Budget is not really important - I will most likely be buying the frame and building to my own spec).
Your thoughts and observations much appreciated!