Since buying a retro Kona and riding fully rigid its made me realise how boring my full suspension bike makes everything, my local trials aren't exactly challenging and an FS makes them even less so, which for me makes it a lot less fun. Generally its a mixture of tight singletrack and general cross country missions out in the sticks.
I've decided to sell the FS frame and buy a hardtail, I like the look of the Solaris and Soul (owned one previously), I'm just having trouble deciding which one.
I've got decent parts on my FS and if I bought a Soul they would swap over apart from the seat post and f/mech. For a Solaris I would need forks and wheels etc, but the extra 10mm in the TT would fit me better and I can see the benefits of big wheels on a HT
Obviously demoing a Solaris would be idea, but I can't find anyone local so its out of the question.
How does it compare to the Soul? I want to get the best idea I can before deciding. Does the Solaris handle tight singletrack well? Is it still flickable like a Soul? I expect it to be a bit slower but I don't want it to be too compromised.
Any input that would make my decision easier would be appreciated, thanks.