Hello to the STW hive-mind,
I've recently fallen back into love with mountain biking and over the last few months I've been giving my current bike (2011 Orange Crush) a bit of a thrashing, and as such it's starting to feel a bit knackered. The majority of my riding is local to Bristol with pretty frequent trail center visits thrown into the mix
As I see it I have two options:
A. Purchase Upgrades appropriate to transferring to a full-sus frame at a later date - Wheels & Forks (being a bigger lad I'm desperate to get rid of the noodle-like QR skewer on my current floats). I'm thinking Flow EX/ Pro2 for the wheels and Xfusion slant 160 (set to 140mm) for the forks - should i be considering anything else for similar money?
Also Brakes... Avid Elixir 5's are a pain, would Shimano STX be a solid bet?
B. Spunk my wad on a shiny new bike? I like the look of the Nukeproof Mega TR/Transition Bandit. I'm also blown away by the value of the YT Wicked range - particularly the 650b version, which I suspect maybe far more bike than i actually need but I've got no idea where I could try one out to make sure!
What I'm really after from a whole new bike would be something lively, and confidence inspiring - easy to manual and stable in the air also a bonus. Travel-wise, I'm thinking 120-150mm at the rear that will take a 150mm-ish fork up front, any thoughts on other bikes that would fit the bill?
Any help, opinion or constructive criticism greatly appreciated.