I've been riding a Cove Stiffee FR for around 2 years now and adore the bike, but wish to return to full suss. Ive been considering doing a swap literally to a full suss version of the hardtail I own. But since the Hustler frame is £1400, I would be mad not to consider what else that money can buy. Some brief background...
Previous to the Stiffee I owned a SC Bullit which was simply fantastic, around centers like Glentress it was bliss, and for general play around biking, be it urban or short blasts on tracks or country outings, it ticked every box. I wanted a move to a lighter, lesser travel bike as longer days out doing XC were tiring and it was apparent the Bullit was overkill. I fancied trying a solid hardtail and work on skills I may have been missing. The Stiffee didn't disappoint and trail center riding only suffers on rocky black runs. Downhill sections I can easily go as quick as on my old Bullit, and uphills are certainly easily. What I miss is the fun factor and comfort of full suss, and the added confidence to try new things. But I'd hate to lose the preciseness of handling and instant snap on turning the pedals, two things the Stiffee is superb at.
What type of riding? Anything from red/blacks at trail centers to 5-6hours in the Scottish wilderness. Ability to handle a week on Alpine trails would also be a must. Majority of riding though is on simple trails for weekly exercise and trail center or XC loop riding at weekends.
So could I ask what other bikes people would recommend for the same-ish money? I'll likely change the forks at the same time, but retain the rest, so full bike options are out.
Many thanks for any advice!