My friend is in the market for a new bike so we went to the demo day they had on.
I recently bought a Salsa Horsethief, tbh without riding any other similar bikes - I just bought it cos it had loads of money off!
First bike, a £6k-ish carbon Cannondale Trigger that's not for sale yet. XX1, Lefty, ENVE wheels (I think)
Wow! So light - similar to my road bike I reckon. Very smooth on the downhills too.
I also had a go on an Orange 5 and a Whyte T129S.
The Orange was nice though felt a little clunky on the uphills. Took care of business downhill too. Whyte was nice enough but seemed a little tired (it was a hire bike, not a new demo one).
However, neither of those bikes were better than my Salsa. They weren't worse per se, pretty similar. So I'm not regretting getting it!
The Cannondale was the highlight though. Quite a pricetag for it.
Supposedly I was the second person in the UK to ride one.
First person to chuck it in the back of the van and steal it though