I am after a Goldilocks bikes recommendations - not to beefy, not too racey, not too heavy, not too light, not too much travel, not too little travel - I want one that is just right!
Following the theft of all my bikes and the upgraded garage security and addition of some insurance cover (after 20 years with out any) I'm gonna buy a mountain bike to do it all on.
I want a full susser to ride (and carry) up mountains and back down again. I ride mostly in the Lakes and enjoy steep rocky tech and nadgery singletrack, but I also like technical climbs and big vistas.
Bikes I've liked and owned - my stolen Stumpjumper with Marzocchi forks, my old Pitch with Lyriks for smashing through stuff.
Bikes I've not liked and sold quite quickly - Giant Anthem was to steep and twangy. Ragley mmmBop too stiff and unyeilding.
Its probably going to be secondhand and some where around a grand or so. I'm thinking somewhere around 130-160mm of travel and anything from big hitting Nukeproof Megas/Spesh Enduros to a Vitus Escarpe 29er and anything in between.