Bike choices

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Bike choices

Postby gandi » 22 May 2016, 4:19pm

I have been riding a Spesh hard tail and really enjoying it but i have found out through trial,error and mistakes that i may need full suspension.Changing from road bikes to the MTB has eased my chronic back ache due to position and plushness (from the 29" tyres).Also changing tyres to some fast road slicks showed up the plushness effect.Anyway being only 5"5" i need a really small frame and a bike that will be mainly used for road and hard tracks,budget around 2.5k.Up to now i have only been looking at the Scott Spark.
Your opinions please.

Thankyou for looking.

Trail Beater

Re: Bike choices

Postby Trail Beater » 23 May 2016, 6:19am

If you want a very capable full sus for well under your budget,thenI would suggest a Bird Aeris
At about £1800,it's as good as it gets.
Well kitted with a Yaki front and a Monarch back suspension.
Deore drivetrain is more than capable,although it's only a 10 speed.
If you want to blow your whole budget,then a Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp would get my money.
Thoroughly capable bike with excellent spec.It climbs as good as it descends.
I'm not a fan of 29ers(don't suit my height or style of riding),but I have demo ridden 4.
The Nukeproof was the pick of the bunch.
Another note would be the Aeris was a 27.5,but that's no bad thing.
You can also get the Bird custom built for a few hundred more with a better drivetrain