After moving to a 29er hardtail and loving it, i am now giving serious though to swapping my Trance for a full suss 29er also.
I've been looking around at several options but as always the chance of testing a bike before buying it in the size i need is almost impossible.
Being stupidly tall i need a frame of at least 22" (my Hardtail is 23") so that knocks out the big Gary Fisher range for a start. I like the look of the Ventana El Capitan which seems to come in up to a 25" frame which i find astonishing as that's probably too big for me and i've never met a taller rider than myself? I know Ton off STW has one so if you read this Ton, can you let me know your thoughts on the bike and what size you went for? Cheers.
Don't really want to spend a huge amount (but may have little choice) and around £1750 would be great for a full bike but i know the Ventana frame alone is £1500 and then new forks and wheels as well (i can swap kit off the trance then sell the fox forks and crossmax SL wheels to recoup some cash). I'd like at least 100mm travel each end but ideally 120mm.
Spesh are apparently bringing out an Epic 29er (my HT is a rockhopper 29er) and talk also of Giant entering the market. I've looked at Lenz and Niner also but ideally i'd like something a bit cheaper. The new Santa Cruz looks good but it'll be mega bucks as will the Turner.
So..... any cheaper options out there that i've missed - do Kona have a full suss or just hardtails? Cheers & sorry for waffling post.