I've finally been persuaded that my 17 yr old Muddy Fox has been superceded by better specified, lighter mountain bikes! Local bike shop has recommended the above, @ £399 which is about my limit. I really don't know much about bikes other than that I enjoy riding them, and am planning more adventure races in 2006. Not an out and out technical dare devil but definitely ride mainly off road.
Any views on this bike? Anything else I should be looking at?