Had a Stumpjumper FSR for a while now but as my riding improves I'm starting to crave a new bike. I find the bike doesn't feel as solid as other bikes I've ridden (mates bikes - Zesty, Nerve AM, Five) and I'd like something designed a bit more for fun with appropriate geo.
I'm looking at purchasing a frame and building up, my shortlist is:
Blur LT - Been around a while but updated over the years. Demoed one a few weeks ago and it felt very solid, liked to get in the air but still peddled really well. Looks like being discontinued mind as SC push 650b everything.
Bandit - Can't find one local to demo but reviews are full of praise, particularly for it's fun nature and strong design.
Mega TR - Seem to be available at last, no reviews yet but I'd imagine it's a great ride, geo sounds good. Unsure of the Monarch shock mind and the two above come with Fox Kashima for a similar price.
Anyone experience of the above bikes/frames? I'm really not going to find demos easy for the last two. Anything else I've missed? Yeti's look a bit out my budget and I want a different bike to those owned by my riding buddies.
Looked at a Canyon Strive as an alternate choice. Whole bike is great value and I assume it flies down the hills. Looks to weigh a bit more than my other options though and unsure how it would be pedaling all day long. Anyone ride one and compare to the above?