Would like to meet bike with Pikes for Lakeland fun and adventures. Must have good sense of humour and be prepared for dark wet night rides, bleak mountain tops and lots of water. I'm not sizeist and would consider all wheels 26, 27.5 and even 29er. And in the words of the Sugar Hill Gang "I'm six foot one, and I'm tons of fun"
My list of ponderings includes:
YT Wicked - direct sales bargain, but ponderous customer service
Cube Fritzz - ok spec but seem short in reach/top tube
Possibly the new Canyon Strive if it comes with Pikes and not Fox - not yet released but mates Strive Race is very sweet looking
Specilzied Enduro 29 - most expensive option but trusted brand and warranty
Mondraker Dune - forward geometry but pauper spec for £2.5K
On One Codeine - looks tidy for the money but not sure I can stomach 11 speed mech replacements as it will be my only bike and get used in Lakeland bogs.
Any others that I could consider? I'd like to keep it under £2K but can stretch to £2.6K.