Thanks, I've got a few weeks to think about it, I'll make an update when I decide
Links to save others searching: https://www.boardmanbikes.com/gb_en/products/2359-mtr-8.8-2021.html https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bikes/mountain-bikes/trail-mountain-bikes/roscoe/roscoe-7/p/28499/ These are quite different types of bikes and there's no simple answer to which you should buy, it depends which suits you better. The Boardman is a full suspension with a good amount of travel but not too heavy making it a versatile all round bike, this type has become very popular for its ability to handle tough technical sections and long day rides. The Boardman is a good spec all round with the Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic brakes and a dropper post. The Roscoe is a hardtail with wider plus tyres although these don't compensate for the lack of rear suspension as some claim. Instead the wider tyres give more traction and flotation which is particularly beneficial on rough natural trails and this type of bike is popular for bikepacking. It can be used for more technical riding but hardtails are generally considered more difficult especially on jumps. The Roscoe's spec isn't as good with the cheaper Sram SX drivetrain although it still has Shimano brakes and a dropper post. I have similar bikes, one is a Trek Fuel Ex which is a 29er full suspension but only 120mm travel and a Trek Stache which is a 29+ hardtail. Pesronally I'm a fan of the bigger tyres and run the Stache in the summer and a full on fat bike during the winter, I primarily ride natural trails so I like the grip and feel of them over the mixed surfaces. I also like the feel of the hardtail but it's a harder bike to ride especially on long downhill sections where I could just unlock the suspension and let it do the work for me on the Fuel. That said although the Roscoe is a popular bike I think the Boardman is a safer bet as it's a strong all rounder but it really comes down to what you have in mind for the bike.