Posted: 11/11/2013 at 16:30
Paddy: thats a long swim, Focus bikes have good reputation though personally i think Felt is better. As LMH says fit is important, its easier to make a bike which is too small fit than one which is too large. The only answer is to ride both bikes for a reasonable distance and make sure it includes a standing hill climb to see how much the frame flexes under load.
LMH: life in UK is OK if a bit colder than I like, planning on doing the wall in 2014 assuming health which isnt perfect allows.
NZC: first Boston for me.
Dustin: cycling is an expensive hobby.
RFJ: that sucks.
12 miles off road in ankle deep shoe sucking mud for me, shattered now thats the furthest I've run off road for years, it was really sticky and my Inov Rocklites werent really up to it, time to break out the Mudclaws.