Right here is a tricky situation for you so any help would be great - my current bike is a ellsworth moment and to be honest im not getting on with her after buying her in April - despite being built up reasonably well the geo feels like im not connecting with the bike at all - I'm loving the slack HA but the high BB ruins everything (specifically cornering - you really can feel the bike waver when your perched 16" of the ground and im using the reccomended fork length! and maintence/mud pick/and to be honest boringness from a lack of zest in the ride are all very high, not ideal so I'm looking to get a new frame.
Much of my riding is just going out and messing around in wales were I live on local dh tracks and jumps for a laugh as we all do when we have a spare hour here and there. However I'm also spending more and more time hike - a - biking up the bigger rock slabs in snowdonia with a bivvy and bovril to mash down them again after a night out - I'm enjoying this so much so its starting to take over my life and hopefully in a few months time me and a bike are going to go travelling around pretty much anywhere to generally enjoying shredding mtn/trail riding/ playing around on a bike which we all love and enjoy. Consequently I've been drawn to the idea of building up a bike like the transition trans am singlespeed with a proper 160mm fork - low maintence/ much fun but will going back to hardtails from a 150mm bike be too much of a step backwards? And I'm not sure I'd enjoy the ride as much without gears to help the initial climbs and occasional road slogs..... am i wrong? I know some of you are proper bearded singlespeeders so thoughts please! Other bikes such as specifically the new Zesty 514 carbon for example are also very attractive offerings - strength and light weight and most importantly 'pop' and 'fizz' to make the ride fun! But will the abuse (specifically maintenance wise sleeping outside occasionally) I want to submit a bike like that too ruin it?
Essentially what are your thoughts on I suppose a mtn bike for general thrashing/reliability/fun factor many thanks
here's a list to inspire some ideas:
Orange Five (am?)
Orange Alpine (too heavy duty tbh)
Transition Trans am
My Initial thoughts on build are 140 - 160mm fork/travel, 1x9/1x10 drivetrain or singlespeed.............
what do you reckon I'm open to all ideas and if anyone wants an ellsworth moment..... unlikely after all ive just said! Many Thanks!