So I have the sign off for a new bike and I'm thinking either:
Stock Whyte G150 with tweaks to the spec, wheels & brakes
Orange 5 650b custom build, Pikes, Hope brakes, Hope hubs, Renthal, Reverb etc
All up will have a budget of £3.5 - £4K
Riding is mostly around Winchester, more XC than full on Trail with trips to Wales/Lakes/Debyshire planned. Not much for trail centers but may do BPW during Wales trip.
I'm sure there are loads of other 'better' options but I'm looking, ideally, for British, hard wearing, robust and lowish maintenance.
Thoughts from the collective welcomed.