Firstly, apologies for what may be a long post...
I currently ride a 2005 SX Trail which is a great bike but is looking a bit knackered now so I want a new frame. I've cleared it with the boss, so started looking at Transition Coverts and Banshee Rune v2's both of which are 160mm bikes that are designed to be ridden up and down things (although the Rune is a bit more aggro). I rode DH a lot when I lived in Sheffield and have always enjoyed getting down stuff as fast as I can. I'd say I'm an OK rider - I'm faster than some people whilst others are faster than me. As a result I've always been drawn to the more aggro bikes.
I was pretty set on one of these frames, but I'm starting to wonder if either will be a bit OTT for what I actually ride on a regular basis, especially living in the midlands. I know that the purists on here will flame me, but I do spend a lot of time at Cannock Chase because locally there's not much else that guarantees a bit of fun. I also ride in the Peaks a fair bit due to having family in Sheffield. My usual rides up there are Stanage, mucking about in Wyming Brook, Ladybower etc. I also occasionally head over to Wharncliffe to ride the DH tracks.
Although I enjoy the descending part of riding, I'm not as fast as I was nor do I hit loads of big jumps any more. This got me thinking as to whether I would be better off with something like the Banshee Spitfire v2 which is a 140mm travel trail bike with slack angles and designed round a 160mm fork. It seems that these kind of bikes are pretty solid these days and will take a bit more abuse than you would think.
I love the look of the Rune and the Covert, but I am starting to wonder whether I'd be lugging around a very capable bike that is not getting used to its fullest. But then I think if I start king a few more uplift days, would I be better off with he Rune or Covert?
Has anyone else been in a similar position and done the same thing?