Still undecieded as to which full sus frame to get, I'm testing the Orange Blood on Saturday and will be trying to get a test ride on the other ones before I make my mind up. To be honest I'm getting sick of swapping and changing bikes all the time so want to get it right this time, then hopefully it wont end up on Ebay in the not too distant future.
I like the idea of a bike that will handle the drops and jumps without having to worry too much if I make a botched landing. Its got to be able to pedal quite well for those all day rides at Glentress and not soak up every little jump in sight like the Commencal MiniD did. So ive got it in my head that I want something with a bit of travel at the back and the ability to take a 140/160mmm bolt thru fork up the front. I could build it up with either Pike Dual Airs 140mm or Fox 36 Van's 160mm.
So far I've narrowed it down to...
Cotic Hemlock with 120mm rocker plates
Santa Cruz Blur 4x
The Corsair looks good on paper but it isnt a UK design so I'm not sure how well it will stand up to our weather and I dont know how much tyre clearence there will be for 2.35's
The hemlock looks good but I'd want to be sure that the rear flexiness of the old model had been cured. Also not sure how I'd mount a chain device on a 73mmm bb shell.
The santa cruz isn't available anymore so I'd have to find a NOS or second hand one, also not sure how often I'd be replacing bearings. That said I've ridden one a while back and quite enjoyed it.
The Orange looks good and I'll find out on saturday how heavy it is and if it pedals ok, dont think I'd have any worries about it handling the drops.