So, no Rocket
The pile of parts really can't wait another year (at least?), so finally time I guess to find an alternative.
NS Soda - looks 'right' but might be a tad heavy for an all-rounder?
Orange Alpine 26 - UK built and the right kind of numbers, but it has that Orange stigma - are they REALLY that bad or is that just an STW thing (I DON'T drive an Audi if that helps)?
Banshee Spitfire/Rune - cool bikes, but our LBS now stocks them so getting to be our 'standard' local FS bikes. Also, that rear end always looks a bit busy and mud-magnet like to me.
Left-field. One of the last few El Guapo DB air 26er complete bikes and flog the forks and Reverb.
Of course, if anyone has a small Taiwanese Rocket they don't want...
Would love opinions on the ideas I have, and any suggestions for other 'playful' 140-160mm FS frames around the 1500 quid mark.
Thanks in advance.