I'm looking to retire my 2007 Orange P7, and finally make the move to full bounce. To save on £££ and hopefully learn something while I'm at it, I'd like to purchase frame only and move all my bits across, then sell anything I have left over.
I appreciate that I may need to purchase new suspension forks, seatpost etc., but I have a few nice bits on the P7 that I definitely want to keep (XT Shadow rear mech, Hope brakes etc.).
My budget is around £2000, give or take a couple of hundred. I'm looking for something XC/trail oriented, and although I'm not totally averse to a 29er, sticking with 26" would let me use my current wheels. So far the options I've seen are the
Orange 5 - frame only £1500
Cotic Rocket - frame only £1350, although I'm also very tempted by the
Cotic Rocket - rolling chassis (frame, Rock Shox Revs, Hope Hoops, headset) for £2200
I appreciate the Rocket rolling chassis option removes the point of sticking with 26", but it means I get a nice wheel upgrade (and don't have to faff around buying conversion kits for my current Hope Pro 2 hubs) and makes sure that I get a fork that fits (instead of trying to put my current Fox Vans in there and finding out the steerer's too short etc.). If I were buying forks separately however, I'd probably aim for Fox Floats. Will I notice any difference at all with the Revs RCT3?
My riding is a mix of Swinley Forest (the joys of living in London/yes a 150mm trail bike *may* be overkill there) along with trips further afield (Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Malverns/Cotswolds) a few times a year.
Right, sorry for the essay guys, please apply your collective wisdom and suggest away!