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    Best Hardtail 650B for around 1000?

    I have been out of the MTB game for a sad 18 months, i quit due to alot of back/neck pains after riding.
    Last year i bought a Whyte 901 in medium but it felt way to big for me and i was all aches and pains after 2 rides.
    Im 5'11 with 32".

    Im looking at Gian Fathom atm, M is their size guide but the guy in the shop was adament a L would do me better. Apparently the 901 frame size is same as 801 this year and there doesnt seem to be much different with a M 801 and the L fathom.

    Any suggestions? Plus is it worth upgrading from a Fathom 1 to the 2 or 3 for a few hundred quid, im really rusty on my mtb stuff now?

    Other suggestions welcome, but full internal cable routing and pref with a dropper only.....its really muddy in the UK

    And my havent prices gone up! Thanks Britex

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    Those bikes have about the same geometry as a jamis dragon. You would be hard pressed to do better than a giant at most price points and the bike has a great geometry for cross country trail riding.

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