I'm currently in the phase of upgrading my ride, from my beloved Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 26". After suffering an ACL rupture (currently at a month post surgery), I've had a lot of time to research and check out all of the bike porn out there. There are three bikes that stand out to me and I would love some advice from some of you who've had experience with them. I ride mostly single trail stuff broken down like this: Lysterfield - 25% Arthur's Seat - 50% You Yangs - 15% Mt Buller (Epic) - 10% I love the descents on all of the above mentioned, more than the XC/flatter stuff. To me, they're just a means to an end. I'm mostly ride anywhere from 10km to 25km, love technical descents, 2-3 feet drop offs, small tabletop jumps, rocky descents at speed. This bike is something to help my progression / confidence to take my riding to the next level. Specs on bikes don't bother me so much from off the shelf, as I'm more than willing to adapt to my liking once purchased. The bikes that stand out are as follows: Trek Remedy 9.7 2018 27.5 - 150mm f/r travel - mino link - boost f/r - full floater - Local bike shop - Too common? Scott Genius 720/920 2018 - 150mm f/r - boost f/r - ability to use both 27.5 & 29 inch wheels without changing the forks - lightweight - lockout/descend/traction Twinloc lever - Local bike shop - more common Canyon Strive CF 8.0 Race 27.5 - 160mm f/r - Shapeshifter - Price - Great specs - Overseas, though there's a Melbourne service centre - less common, sweet design Your thoughts would greatly assist in this process. Of course I'd love to be able to test each bike on the trails that I most commonly ride, but this would be near impossible. Cheers in advance.