I'm currently considering changing frame, and I'm considering the Nomad at the moment. I've not got a lot of cash so will be looking secondhand. The reviews seem to suggest the MK2 has some nice improvements over the MK1, but in the real world will I actually notice these differences? (As in is it worth me spending the extra to get a MK2 over the early model which seems more readily available secondhand).
To give you an idea of the riding I do, I like to ride up hills to ride back down them as fast as I can. Sometimes these hills are technical rocky mountains near chamonix, sometimes they're welsh downhill tracks, occasionally they feature in part of a UKGE round, but unfortunately most of the time they're small hills in surrey. My priorities definitely lie in the 'smashing it down the hill' part of the ride though. Currently riding an 06 giant reign with Lyriks on, which I don't think is quite there geometry wise.
With all this in mind I'm open to comments on whether either age of Nomad would fit the bill, or alternative suggestions which I might be able to afford (frame needs to come in <£800 realistically).