So i'm it's my 40th in the summer and what better way to celebrate than spending some cash on a new toy.
I have a soul which i really love despite it bieng only a 26" bike and it's great on 90% of my local riding. I've taken it to the lakes, afan and up on exmoor and although everything is rideable on a hardtail, there are times when i feel it would be nice to begoing a little faster without getting so battered. I'm thinking a fs bike would be a nice thing to have for those times and as a counterpoint o what i already have.
I'm 5'6 and a lightweight so i dont think i want a 29 er but i am prepared to think 650b. Although getting a spend of a frame& forks only approved and temporarily garaging the soul is probably easier than dropping 3g on a complete bike in one hit.
Doesn't seem like much comes up secondhand in the right size.
i dont want to end up over biked everywhere at home and I suppose what i really envisage is a kind of full bounce soul (but that isnt out yet is it Cy?) I think a rocket/ heckler kinda thing will be too much. It has to climb as well as descend, an "easy" 10 mile loop here has 1500ft of climbing.
I like the idea of a santa cruz (long story but i was a big roskop fan from 80's skating) and the blur tr or the solo or the bantam look appealing.
What else would you guys think to look at?