Salsa Horsethief, only ridden it once but I love it already. 130mm fork, 120mm rear travel 29er/steamroller/monster truck. Chuffing brilliant. You’ll struggle to get the right bike if you don’t test ride some, having said that I’d never ridden a Horsethief before I got mine.
My Nicolai Helius CC. Definitely more of an all rounder than my last FS (Enduro SL with Lyriks). The Nic is miles quicker uphill and only marginally less capable downhill. Best bike I’ve ever ridden. 8)
how does that horsething work with such itty bitty seatstays? you’d think they’d bend under compression. anyway only heard good things about it.
i’d of course vote for the only AM bike i’ve owned, the 26″ Guapo.. also happens to be one of the cheapest AM frames if you’re into self-build. no pics yet only built it 2 days ago but looks very much like my last one:
probably could do anything if it wasn’t so God Damn Sexy that she mainly likes to pose. 🙄
There is NO do-it-all bike….
There, I’ve said it… Any bike you use will be good in some areas and compromised in others. Depending on your riding you must choose where you are willing to compromise most.
I’ve got a Nukeproof Mega. It’s great for uplift days and the Alps etc, bit too much for your average xc ride or trail centre and I wouldn’t go near a pumptrack with it!
For that reason I also have a hardtail and a bmx…. 😀
Forget the do-it-all notion, it is all about compromise…