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£1.5k first full Sus trail bike - any recommendations?

Hi,
looking at buying my first full sus with a budget of roughly 1.5k. Preferably 27.5 wheels (wide or +size Tyres), around 130mm travel and a dropper.
Like the look of the Rocky Mountain pipeline a30 from Paul’s cycles (https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/3694/products/rocky-mountain-pipeline-a30-275-2019-blackfox-racing-orange.aspx
Just asking wether anyone could recommend this bike (as not many reviews around), or if you are aware of any better current deals.
Cheers

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,628
    There not a bad bike, I'm struggling to get my head round the spec though. It's says sram eagle 12 sod then mentions shimano deore. Doesn't appear to show different levels of bike in the add unless I've missed it. Go outdoors bossnut is one of the go to cheaper full sus bikes.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • Yes the spec isn’t that clear. It’s a Shimano drivetrain (mostly) and Shimano brakes. Think the SRAM is intended for the higher models.
    I’m aware of the great spec low price with the boss nut, although was looking for a bit more of an aggressive trail bike (better suspension, + tyres, dropper...)
    Will keep looking.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,628
    Have a look round for any of years trances, dam good bike.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • steve_sordysteve_sordy Posts: 2,308
    edited March 2020
    Don't get hung up on the lack of a dropper if you find an otherwise great bike. You can get a Brand - X Ascend II dropper from CRC right now for less than £90. Don't let the price put you off they are great and easy to fit.

    PS: Have you considered a previously loved bike. They are fantastic value compared to a new one. You lose 30% riding a new bike out of the door! There are some great looking Whyte T130 bikes on eBay. I used to have a T130. It was a fantastic bike and rode as though it had more travel than 130, but in a good way. I had to sell it when my knee problems got too bad. I have an emtb now.
  • steve_sordysteve_sordy Posts: 2,308
  • Just wondering, do you think I’d be better off with a hardtail for the same price?
    Not sure wether it would affect my riding capabilities, although something like the whyte 901 seems pretty much as capable as the full suspensions, as long as you pick the right lines, whilst having a much nicer spec.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,628
    Where do you intend riding. Trail centres reds or bikepark Wales type stuff. If only easier trail centre reds it could be that a hardtail might be ok.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • Some trail centres, some mountain tracks. No major bike park wales jumps, just the odd small drop or double. Mostly rooty, longish trails.?
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,628
    If your body and skills are up to it why not. You will get a lot better spec bike if going hardtail rather than full-sus. You tend to ride more carefully on a HT, picking your lines better as not as forgiving as a FS.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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