I'm thinking about getting involved in the cycletowork scheme, and getting a modern mtb to commute on. I can go cross country on my way to work, but I often avoid this as I don't like getting my old bikes muddy!
So the idea is to get something that will be ok on the road as well, but able to be chucked through the woods. I'm not sure on the 29er issue either...
Having a nose around Evans, I have come up with the bikes below so far:
Specialized Rockhopper comp, i'm sure it's good but I don't like the look of the modern Specialized frames. despite this, if considering form over function it must be a contender:http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec042245
Next up is the Kona Blast, a more familiar 26" set up, my only other modern MTB was a Kona NuNu which I loved, I wonder if another Kona will have me smiling again. I prefer the overall look but the frame is still quite modern looking:http://www.evanscycles.com/products/kon ... e-ec044007
Next, the Pinnacle Jarrah 5, this is my favourite looking frame out of all three, a bit more traditional, I like the rear stays for some reason. Also it's got Deore shifters, a luxury at this price: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pin ... e-ec044223
In my dream world, I would be able to buy a new version of a retro set up, so if anyone has seen anything else on the market that fits this description then I am interested! I have seen the Charge range, and although they may be more retro in appearance they just don't do it for me somehow.
As you can tell i'm a fussy bugger! Any advice opinions, especially from those who appreciate the finer Retro things in life would be gratefully received! and an answer to the 29 er dilemma would be good to!