I know everyone probably hates these threads but I have come up with some good advice from this forum and would like to complete my bike search with something a bit more personal..
I am looking for a hardtail to ride trails with, I usually ride Bedgebury and am looking to get out to Surrey hills with the new ride.
I have a budget of £600 and don't really want to go too much over that.
I pretty much had my heart set on a Merlin malt 1 but they have now been discontinued and they only have 13" frames left
The current top options are:
Merlin Malt 2 (bit pricey at £692)
Focus Black forest 4.0 (pricey at £637)
Genesis Core 20 (Found a bargain at £550)
Genesis core 10 (£574 if the bargain above turns out to be fake)
Kona Blink 2010 (£539 - Can't seem to find any reviews)
Specialized Hardrock pro (£600)
I'd like something a little different, so the Specialized isn't sitting right at the top of my list, I know it's a great bike but surely not the best?
I had a Decathlon rockrider 7.0 for the past couple of months but the seat post fell apart and a couple of other problems made me take it back for a refund. Also, call me shallow, I just couldn't get over the B'Twin name...
Any advice would be much appreciated!
TL:DR - If you had £600 to spend on a hardtail what would you get?