My first post to the forum so please be gentle with me.
I am a newbie, well no a virgin to be true, I've never put rubber anywhere else but on tarmac but thought it was about time I got off the black stuff.
I am looking to get a full sus machine and the array of different types, prices and applications was surprising to say the least.
However, I feel I'm more than likely going to build up my own bike as I don't have all the cash available in one big hit (I could get some form of credit deal I'm sure) but more importantly I can spec the bike with what I want and not what the manufacturers give me and I can do it over a period of time picking up the best value deals and prices I can by way STM classifieds, BS sales, eBay etc.
If you think this is pants idea be honest and let me know - I can for example take a 5 min walk to LBS and pick anything from Cannondale, Kona, Giant or BH for example and they all produce good bikes.
One of my first considerations is going to be a decent frame and I know a good one is gonna cost more than 10 & 6!!!
I'm after fairly capable steed and after talking with a friend have decided to look at someting around 5-6 inches of rear travel. I don't think I want to go any smaller as I wouldn't want to sort out a bike and find that I want it to do more than it is capable of and of course I think anything much bigger starts giving me to much and probably more than I will need and it starts to weigh more. Not really a banzi free ride guy - some of the stuff I have seen needs more bottle than I got.
A friend of mine recommends the Ellsworth Epiphany or Moment as these fit in with the travel and build up fiarly light machines that are very capable and I have seen they both get good reviews.
I don't just want to stick with the one company so I was wondering if I could get some idea of what else is available from other companies that is on a par.
I ask really as I'm off to Freeborn over the weekend and I want to be able to walk away without just buying the first bike I see and try, especially as they do 0% finace.
Any questions please ask.
Thanks for all the help.