Thinking of shortly retiring my Blur 4X in favour of something more modern/lighter. Trouble is, I want something pretty similar - good to throw about a bit, fun on the descents/bearable on the climbs etc. Will have a 150mm air fork, 1x9/10 and dropper post build. So far I'm thinking of:
Orange Five (although with the Maxle rear end I'd want this would drop it down into second hand only territory for me)
Cotic Rocket (ticks a lot of boxes and having been a 2x Cotic owner in the past, I like the company if that counts for anything plus reading Cy's spiel, he seems to have designed the bike around pretty much my criteria!)
Banshee/Mythic Spitfire (like the look of these but asked about them the other day and the outcome was that even Freeborn don't seem to think they're very good!)
Santa Cruz Butcher (maybe a bit OTT for what I'm looking for but it appeals)
Anything else? El Guapo would be a good one especially for the money but my god its ugly. Anyone know if anything is/was happening with those Ragley full bouncers? Nukeproof Mega is kinda half hanging onto the list too but like the Butcher, it may be a bit OTT for what I want.