Here are the basics. I'm nearly 50 and not an amazingly brave/technical rider. I like swoopy and bermy, mildly jumpy, not particularly droppy, (and those really techy rides in the recent rash of videos make me jealous) but I can hold my own on the rocky flowy stuff you find in Wales and Scotland. My big nemesis is climbing, where I'm slow and laborious thanks to a knackered hip and dubious fitness levels. I currently ride a 120 Soul and a 150mm build using a frame I got secondhand off the classifieds, a Canyon Nerve AM.
Now, I like the Soul, that's staying, as it's perfect for what I enjoy riding, especially the local (Kirklees/Calderdale) bridlecore stuff, but every so often my hip starts playing up and I resort to the susser. The comfy all-day allure of the sofa riding appeals to me, and I tend to find my confidence levels boosted by the "battering-my-way-down" compensation afforded by the setup. It runs 150 Revs, XT 2x10, and a wheelset with Flows and 2,4 nics, so is reasonably light at a smidge under 13kg.
My lad has taken a real shine to the Canyon, and I have a bit of spare cash. I've said he can have the Canyon frame for his birthday and there'll be all sorts of complicated selling of his Soul frame and some bits in order to square the deal.
I've been looking at various frames, such as Yeti 575, Blur Lt, Norco Sight, Orange 5, DeVinci, Fivespot..... all choices based around the 150 fork I have ( I can spacer it to 140 if need be), so what would you recommend as an all-day style trail bike? It'll be used for trail centres, and organic day rides. Budget is for a used frame up to a grand. I could do with keeping the majority of the stuff I already have, and the fork is tapered steerer.