No doubt you will have seen a post along these lines before but your advice would be really appreciated.
Looking for a sturdy, light, well equipped hardtail for under £800. After reading countless reviews and forums I've narrowed the list down to the following bikes (all new):
Genesis Core 26.2/3
Genesis Core 30 (£594)
Cube Attention / Acid (not great reviews)
Scott Scale 70 (£580 -£634)
Mondraker Finalist Pro (£650)
Revolution Triad 2.0
Kona Blast (£700)
Kona Caldera 2009/10 (on sale £480 @ Paul’s)
Spec Rockhopper Comp / Expert
Cannondale SL 3 (£560) SL 2 (£629) both at Paul’s cycles and both older models
A couple of more things. (1) I don't want a white bike (for obvious reasons) so that discounts Voodoo Boker and Boardman. (2) Not overly enamoured with Spec Rockhopper SL through riding it - don’t think it’s the right ride for me. (3) Not against buying second hand. I simply don't have the know how to spot a banger from a bargain.
Thanks a lot,