I need some help please! I was a keen mountain biker many years ago, and am now getting back on the trails. I currently have in my possession a Stanton Slackline frame unbuilt and a Whyte 19 alloy full bike. Trouble is, I can't test ride either as the Stanton is not built up and the Whyte I bought on a whim after seeing it online at a huge discount (it is a 2011 model) and can't take it outside for a ride if I want to return it to the shop. A very daft and back to front way to do things I know....
I intend to ride mostly at trail centres but also around town and some roads. I need to choose which bike to keep. I am drawn to sending the Whyte back to the shop and getting the Stanton built - my only issue with this is that the Stanton may not be suitable for or a bit too much hard work on the flats and uphill? I have read the manufacturers blurb that winding the forks down to 120mm gives an easier XC ride however I have no idea if this is true as I have only ever ridden rigid bikes. Or is the case that the Whyte (120mm travel) can do all the Stanton can except when the descents get a bit mental? I don't really do mental huge jump descents but I do like to go flat out over the slightly smaller stuff downhill so could do with a bike that handles well and gives me confidence, me being 40+ and a bit of a wuss now.
Any thoughts/ comments welcome!