Gah - to think it would come to this.....
Scenario: I have a perfectly good Meta 5. It's a couple of years old and is only used for days at trail centres (the Ti hardtail stands in for other off-road duties). I'm not into big air / hucking etc and get excited at the very thought of my wheels actually leaving the ground. Thing is, I'm really more interested in bigger "mountain" days out, especially with summer approaching. Mibbe I'm getting old, but lugging a 31lb bike on some hikey-bikey stuff isn't too appealing.
So - I'm thinking that something 4-5lbs lighter would be a bit more up my street. 4" front and back - mibbe up to 5" at the front if that gave me more options? Looking around, there's lots of choice but many of the 4" bikes are squarely aimed at the race/XC end of the market (Hei Hei / Epic). I'd be after something a bit more relaxed.
On the face of it, I'm thinking SC Superlight, mibbe a Spesh FSR, but there must be loads more options. Frame only would make the budget easier as I could move bits of the Meta.
Or - I could just MTFU and get on with lugging the Meta around where needs be Am I just being seduced by the thought of a new bike?
So - what are the "mountain men" using?