I've got a bit of a first world problem niggling away at me and it involves the purchase of a new hardtail to get me back into riding. I either buy a Cove Hummer now as they're cheap (cheap, as in relative to other ti frames rather than financial) from merlin at £900 or wait a couple of months and buy one of Brants new 456 Evo Titanium frames.
Ideally i'd like to ride examples of the two bikes built up but thats going to happen seeing as i stay in the arse end of nowhere so i've been attempting to compare the 17" Hummer & 16" 456 Evo frame sizes and angles etc to my old custom Soulcraft but as the Soulcraft was designed around a 80mm travel fork with 73* seat angle & 71* head angle it's hard to come to a conclusion apart from confirming top tube lengths/standover clearance etc.
I notice the Evo is designed around a 150mm fork and from reading reviews on here and elsewhere the cove is regarded as ideal for 120-130mm, going from a 80mm Fox Terralogic to 150mm of travel i feel may be overkill so thats's why i'd be trying to run 120-130mm which leads me to favour the Hummer - has anyone got an 456 EVO running this set-up or has everyone went big to take advantage of the Evo's slack angles?.
Most of my riding is out in the Galloway Hills with occasional visits to surrounding 7 Stane trail centres and I'm not one for jumps/drops etc so i feel the 456 Evo may be overkill or too much bike for my needs, I'd jump at the chance of buying Brants previous 456 TI in a 16" but i've been trawling the web for the past 3months and none have come up.
Anyone got any advice for a dithering idiot?.