Having found a bike which doesn't implode once a year, and turn into a buch of useless aluminium tubes over the slightest obstacle (Spesh SX 2005) i thought i would never need/want to change my frame again.
BUT, here i am wondering about a new bike. It might just be boredom, or a wonder over new angles/linkages/shocks etc, but i cant shake the feeling i need to BUY BUY BUY.
So, its got to be 150-170mm travel. I would be hard pushed to move away from a 'proper' four-bar design but am open to all possibilities.
Thing that got me looking was a rather nice Nicolai AM, with lovely bright colours and possibilites as bad as my own tastes. I would love to have a gearbox bike, but only in about 3-5 years when the market has matured/is reliable.
Paradoxically, when i bought my SX i had to be careful with money but lusted after a much more expensive machine. Now, i am older and richer.... money need not be the definative issue.
I'm an idiot right? i dont need a new bike.
(a caveat is.. no 29rs, steel, titanium, or Oranges)