I am going to replace my 456 and big bouncer with one bike to cope with most things. I have a VERY tight budget for the frame of £260 (could squeeze a tad more-maybe).
I have some 36 TALAS (100-130-160 ones) and other generally burly kit off the 456 to build it.
I have been offered a 2005 Giant Reign. I love these frames but it is the first generation. I dont know much about this model (i know the 2006+ on were good). It had all but a 70* H/A that sounds so steep! Any thoughts on this frame? Its £185 with a swinger 3-way air.
I am also considering a Meta 5.5 (2008) which i love but i hear they could be crack-happy. That is of course 140mm travel (160mm up front too much?) that's £240 (maybe a bit less) with a RP2.
I have seen a 2009 Meta 6 but that is right at the top of my budget at £280 and only has a Float R.
I have also seen a Pitch Comp for £250, that one is a 2011.
I really like the Spesh enduro and the Scott Ransom but they are pricey.
I also like the look of the Marin Attack Trail (2008+) but cant find one at the moment.
Any opinions on the above or other ideas please post!