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    Hi All, ive been on here a few times and got some great advice so...

    Currently I have a 8yo merida 60D highly customised. (Reba forks, xt 1*11, SLX Brakes, Fox DOSS, usual upgrades of bars, stem, grips, etcm running minion/high roller combo). Recently I have noticed my bike isn't quite up to the trails im riding at the speed I ride them and I find im spending a lot to maintaining it and replacing breaking parts (new wheels are next on the list). Given its a 26" bike with 9mm QR wheels and old geo im thinking its time to upgrade.

    My mates all ride full sussers but I like to be different so am thinking of sticking with a hardtail. I ride mostly single track and love going down more than I do up. So trailtail it is.....

    My local 99 bikes has a 2017 merida big trail 600 discounted as it has a dented top tube, no im not stuck on merida its simply what I saw and within a certain budget. other options are the new Nukeproof scout range in either 29" or 27.5".

    Has anyone ridden or been exposed to the new Scouts? a few local trails (Adelaide-kuitpo, moana) have some decent ruts and was thinking the extra size of the 29er could be a goer to help roll through as would the 27.5+.

    So what im really after is advice on 29" or 27.5+ or 27.5 for trails riding with either of the bikes below. Not too fussed about gearing and brakes as I will probably swap over my existing stuff, but the forks are what have me concerned as they can be expensive to replace. If I go NP then I can swap over my existing dropper too.

    Happy to hear thoughts opinions. You can get a rough guide of budget of 1k-1.5k so no suggesting a transition at 7k+ please!

    thanks

    https://www.merida-bikes.com/en_int/...-600-6365.html

    http://nukeproof.com/products/scout-290-sport/

    http://nukeproof.com/products/scout-275-sport/

    http://nukeproof.com/products/scout-290-race/

    http://nukeproof.com/products/scout-275-race/

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    The new Dartmoor Hornet sounds like it'll fit what you're after. Here's one for you to take a look at....
    https://www.rotorburn.com/forums/sho...=1#post3131212

    Looking at about $480 delivered from hibike.
    http://www.hibike.com/dartmoor-horne...f9a94c70623e22

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    I know you have a budget and all, but those tranny hardtails ARE prettt schmick lookin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkkie View Post
    The new Dartmoor Hornet sounds like it'll fit what you're after. Here's one for you to take a look at....
    https://www.rotorburn.com/forums/sho...=1#post3131212

    Looking at about $480 delivered from hibike.
    http://www.hibike.com/dartmoor-horne...f9a94c70623e22
    The Dartmoor does look very good, but if I get it I will need new rims, forks, BB and cranks and a heap of other stuff and means I wont be able to sell my old to help fund.

    Im ideally looking for about 140mm on the front of either 29 or 27.5/+.

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    Sell bike...?

    Huh?

    Everybody needs a spare bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazmo View Post
    Sell bike...?

    Huh?

    Everybody needs a spare bike.
    Huh? Only 1 spare?
    Hitler parody Only fools and people in power refuse to change their views to match reality

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeridaMatt85 View Post
    The Dartmoor does look very good, but if I get it I will need new rims, forks, BB and cranks and a heap of other stuff and means I wont be able to sell my old to help fund.

    Im ideally looking for about 140mm on the front of either 29 or 27.5/+.
    BB is threaded, takes 140mm forks, 27.5 or 29 wheels.... Looks to have everything you're wanting, unless I'm missing something??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeridaMatt85 View Post
    The Dartmoor does look very good, but if I get it I will need new rims, forks, BB and cranks and a heap of other stuff and means I wont be able to sell my old to help fund.

    Im ideally looking for about 140mm on the front of either 29 or 27.5/+.
    BB is threaded, takes 140mm forks, 27.5 or 29 wheels.... Looks to have everything you're wanting, unless I'm missing something??

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    Sell?? Lol.. I actually just bought another one to mess around with.




    Quote Originally Posted by wkkie View Post
    .. 27.5 or 29 wheels.... Looks to have everything you're wanting...

    Yeah, a Dartmoor Hornet would fit the bill by the sounds of it. Good wheel and tyre options.. 26x2.35 all the way up to 27.5x2.8. Probably 29x2.5 too. I'm currently running 2.8 Minions on custom Dartmoor 45mm Aircraft/Hope wheels which you could build pretty cheap if you went Novatech or Nukeproof hubs instead.




    Have a look at these guys if you wanted to enquire about Dartmoor stuff locally:
    https://www.bikes-by-ascension.com

    They have the complete Hornet going for $2100 BUT they recently said they've got some special sale coming up (check their facey).

    Whatever you choose I think you'll be happy. All those bikes you've linked look pretty fun.

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    Yeah the Dartmoor does have everything I want (and it looks good and has that unique-ness I also like!), except I think it will fall out of budget, once I get the frame ($450), new forks ($600), new wheels ($300). I then have to transfer over everything off my old bike (so no sell) and maybe replace a couple of other things that may need replacing along the way such as headset, etc. So maybe $1500 at a min out of pocket- yes it will be a very nice bike granted (and I am considering it!)

    Whereas if I go one of the other options im looking more like $1000 out of pocket after selling my old one.

    Seems like its impossible for us Aussies to get parts from overseas right now, CRC and the rest used to have huge amounts but now nothing. Changed my region to UK and BAM huge selection so that means they mustn't post to AUS... :(

    What do you think IDEATE of the octane frame, I had already been thinking about one of those too..

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