Cube LTD Pro vs Race 2016 vs Scott Scale 960
I am thinking of buying a mountain bike for the first time, having previously only used a road bike. Various models stand out under £1000 (cycle to work scheme limit) especially the Cube LTD series and the Scott Scale. It seems that Cube bikes are better spec'd than the Scott and so I'm veering towards them. The LTD series in black looks great, and I'm slightly torn between the Race and the Pro. Both seem to have pretty much identical Shimano XT gear systems etc, with the fork and slightly better brakes the only noticeable difference. Does anyone have a view on whether a relative newcomer notice the benefit of spending the extra money on the Race, or indeed whether the Scott (or any other bike for that matter) would be better. The Cube bikes have a Shimano XT ShadowPlus derailleur whereas the Scott only has the standard clutchless XT (does a clutch really make a big difference?) It will mainly be used on woodland trails and (relatively) gentle hills. Thanks in advance for any advice!