(I) think I might have settled on my 'brand for life'
Totally agree. Even though my Spot was a bit neglected by the previous owner, it's so easy to work on and replace parts or hone.
Plus it's by far and away the best feeling bike I've ridden, I been through a Zesty, Trek EX8, Giant Reign, Ibis Mojo, Pace 405, Santa Cruz Heckler, Whyte E-120, Spark, Anthem.... loads of bikes. And the quality, engineering and feel of the Spot is epic.
Organic355 - my missus is 5'7 and that's her Sultan in my first photo, she looks in proportion on it, and absolutely loves it. Forget any notion of it not being a quick turning bike, with a 70mm stem and 710mm bars with a low ride, and a slammed stem, it is very quick to turn, incredibly similar to my 5Spot.
It's not as playful, which is why I wouldn't have one, but it does make things feel easier.