I really like my Grand Canyon AL SLX, for the money it was (and still is) a great bike ... but I quickly got the upgrade bug and started changing things on it. I do a fair mix of riding, mostly local XC trails of various types and occasional trail centres. My Canyon is really an XC bike, XC geo and XC forks ... and it reminds me of that when things get slow and busy ... straight line speed its great. Slow and "technical" its all twitchy and nervous feeling. After much reading I've decided get a new frame and build the bike better suited to where and how I ride. I want a jack of all trades, I want to be able to cruise cross country and put some miles in but still be able to have some fun on the rough stuff when I feel like it. They say Jack of all Trades, Master of None ... well time will tell, but with everything I've read so far the frame I'm getting seems to be a pretty reasonable compromise. Its not been a short process finding a frame that fits the bill, I believe in 29ers despite all the haters ... I want a 29er, I'm sold. I also want to be able to ride anywhere and know that my bike can at least cope. XC to AM is the aim. Spec wise, well this will have to be a keeper and so I want it right, some things might be a bit of an over kill for most part, perhaps? But I want it to last and be able to take not only what I ride now but how I'll ride as I get better ... Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. August 9th Update: .... Managed to grab a few photos before the tail end of Hurricane Bertha set in properly. Sadly not had time as yet to get out on a proper ride, busy yesterday and raining today with family things to do :rolleyes: Final build spec: Frame: Yelli Screamy, obviously. Hope Head Set. Forks: Rockshox Revelation XX Dual Position 110/140mm Forks. Bars & Stem: Chromag Fubars OSX - Black Chrome. Truvativ Holzfeller. TMR Imprint Grips. Seat & Post: Charge Ladle on a Rockshox Reverb 420mm post with 125mm Drop. Wheel Set: White ZTR Flow EX laced to Hope Pro 2 EVO Hubs with Sapim CX-Ray Spokes. DT Swiss RWS Thru bolt. Tyres & Tubes: Continental Mountain King II ProTection folding BlackChili 2.4/2.2 around Schwalbe SV19A LightWeight Tubes. Brakes: Hope Tech 3 E4 with Braided Hoses and 203mm/183mm Hope Saw Rotors. Drive Train: Shimano XT M785 175mm Arms through a SM-BB70. Shimano PD-M530 pedals. 1x10 RaceFace Narrow/Wide 30t. KMC X10-93 Chain. XT M771 11-36 Cassette. Shimano Zee M640 Shadow+ Wide Ratio with Hope Jockey Wheels. Thanks to Sean @ Canfield Bros for putting me in contact with Mark @ Overspoke Bikes ... well worth the 5 month wait for this build. Thanks to Mark for putting up with my lengthy rambling emails and and being continually helpful ... even at hours far outside of 9-5! Highly recommended LBS, if your near to Kidderminster Overspoke is your shop!