Right I'm taking the plunge and getting a new bike via Cycle 2 Work as my current bike is getting on for 10 years old. The scheme my place runs allows me to get a bike direct from On-One/Planet X or JE James Cycles. I'm a lanky git at 6'5" / 6'6" so am looking at a 29er
My initial thoughts were an inbred 29er x5 at a penny shy of £800. However looking at it I'm not 100% sure of the spec. Specifically the brakes/fork/weight. Spec here http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/FBOOINX529/on_one_inbred_x5_29er_bike
JE James have a Cube Ltd Pro 29 at nigh on £1000. The spec looks better than the inbred, but again not sure about the forks. Spec here http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/cube-ltd-pro-29-mountain-bike-black-anodized-id73242.html
I've slung a leg over the Cube and the sizing seems much better than my current bike (specialized hard rock). Not had a look at the inbred yet but the showroom is only 30 minutes away.
Riding is mostly Sherwood Pines, Peak District and canal tow path to work.
My initial thoughts are that the Cube is more XC where as the inbred is more "trail" oriented. Obviously if one fits much better than the other then I'll go for that. Again if On-One reduce the price of the inbred massively, and I like it, I'll probably go for that.
But all other things being equal which one do people think is the best better bike?