Yes, another one of those threads.
I'm looking for a 26" 130-150mm frame that I'll run with 140-150mm Sektor coil forks for all kinds of riding.
My biggest love is descending natural singletrack (which includes pedally ones), but I regularly do XC rides to get there as well as some fairly technical climbing (which I actually enjoy, given the right mood). I do the occassional uplift as well, but that's not neccessarily any more demanding stuff then my natural riding, just more intense.
I like popping of little rocks and roots I stumble upon but am not that into huge jumps or drops (not to say I don't enjoy both those things, just in smaller sizes than most of you probably).
What would you buy?
Shortlist right now:
Nukeproof Mega TR
(Commencal Meta AM)
I've been anticipating a end-of-season price drop on the Mega TR which in itself could be a deciding factor, but since the 26" version is going to stay exactly the same I guess I might be waiting in vain?
I'm right between sizes on the Meta, meaning that either I'm unlikely to get enough seatpost insertion or I'll end up with too long a frame, so sadly I've more or less decided against it (more ramblings about this issue to be found here).
The Transition Bandit was at the top of that list until just a minute ago when the distributor informed me that they're sold out in 26" guise forever. Bummer.
Second-hand market is pretty poor for these kind of frames here in Sweden so let's assume that isn't an option.
Is the Spitfire too much of a plush mow straight through everything kind of bike for me? Maybe the same could be said for the Meta as well if we are to include that in the discussion?
The Cotic is often described as poppy, agile and "short travel feel until you need it". A bit expensive after adding headset and Kashima shock (which is already included with the Spitfire).
Mega TR - just a less pretty Bandit? Cheapest and lightest of the bunch. Possibly the best pedalling too?