Apologies for another "recommend me...." thread, I'm sure there's a fair few but I'm looking to use my work's Cycle To Work scheme to get a new bike. Our scheme is only open in November to join (although apparently, you don't get to actually buy until the 3rd week of Jan). I'm looking at a hardtail for trails/XC/Peaks Pootle type stuff and need to replace a 12 year old bike. Upper limit is probably going to be around £1000 but if I can get something good for less, obviously I'm all for that.
It looks like my best local options to buy from are
and obviously Halfords but would prefere independant if possible.
The main reason I've asked in here is, I spent about half an hour in James' the other day (no offers of help - cheers) looking and the amount of choice is a little bewildering. Any suggestions gratefully received.