Thanks Guys. I did look at a huge range of bikes, as I'm one of those people that research things to death. I looked at the full suspension bikes however for the kind of riding I do it seemed like a huge expense for me when I will not be doing extreme downhill or stunts on the North Shore. My body just won't take the wipe-out anymore. This thing is almost bombproof & has top of the line components so it should be the last bike I buy.
Yes Aces : I do use a helmet & gloves too !
Happy Trails everyone.