I've had my Specialized Stumpjumper XC Pro now for thirteen years! Testament to it's build quality perhaps.
I mainly do road/bridleway/footpath riding with the occasional forest trail, so I need something light.
My current bike is full suspension with a lock-out, I don't often have to switch it on, so effectively my bike is mostly a hard-tail but it is nice to know it is there for when I hit the tough stuff.
I like Specialized but I am not partial to it so I wish to consider other makes of bike, my budget is £3000 which probably won't get me a carbon fibre?
I have always liked Trek and Marin but will consider all makes as I am now out of touch, my local shop is a Giant dealer but living so close to Cambridge, I can open this up but am willing to travel further for the right bike/service (most bike shop people I find pretentious and arrogant - so recommendation for friendly shop would be great!)
I'd prefer to get recommendations from people who do similar riding to me - so that's dirt trails, forest, bridleway - mostly flat stuff.
Many thanks in advance!