Hello All - my first real post, be gentle!
Hopefully this wont be yet another "what bike for £x" thread, I know roughly what I'm after, the type of riding I'll be doing and how much I have to spend. What I lack is knowledge of the current MTB market.
I'll explain, I'm an old school MTB to roadie convert and for reasons of space, practicality and family it's looking likely that I'll be selling my TT bike and looking for a sub £1k hard tail MTB. If I let you know what I'll be doing with it could you chip in with suggestions of bikes that spring to mind please? My knowledge of the current MTB scene is none existent.
The £1k thing isn't set in stone I'd probably be willing to stretch the budget a bit if the right bike came along but bear in mind that I'm still a roadie and this would be my number 2 or 3 bike so I don't want to go daft. (Me and my 1st World problems :rolleyes:)
I'm 6'2" ish and prefer "sturdy and reliable" to "boutique bling" I'd be doing all day rides in the Dales over proper roots rocks and mud so it has to move predictably under me. I'm not fussed on anything geared towards trail centres as dolomite leaves me cold. My handling skills are still reasonable but I'd prefer something that wasn't too skittish please.
My tick list goes something like this
Handlebar that doesn't look like it belongs on a shopping trolley!
Aesthetically if it could look like a Cotic Soul then that would be peachy.
Does anyone have any ideas?