So...I have as my main bike a 2002 Rockhopper FSR, and while it flies down hills, it lacks a bit in the climbing department - the BETD link and 130mm Revs see to that.
One of my back up bikes is a Giant XTC Composite 1.F80 forks extended to 100mm - 23lb of carbon-framed flying machine. Much better on the uphills, but very harsh.
I have seen pics of built up Cotic Soul's/BFe's and the like and they look very capable and can handle 130mm forks with ease.
What are they like to like with after full suspension? Any other frames I should consider - budget not much more than £250 second hand.