I'm sure you've heard this question a thousand times, but I'm having the hardest time deciding on my next bike. I haven't demoed any yet (not quite in the buying stage, just doing the pre-shopping) but I'm trying to decide between a 160-170mm enduro or a 150mm trail. My budget is $4000 and I'm looking at the 2017 Giant Trance 1.5LTD(and going 1x in the front), 2017 Giant reign 2, 2017 Norco Range A7.3 and the 2017 Norco Sight a7.2.
I ride fromme and Seymour mostly so I want a bike that I'm not dragging up to 7th and can pedal up Good Sir Martin..but still enjoy coming down seventh secret, neds, and a good ride along bridal.
Do a lot of you guys do fine with 150mm trail bikes all around the shore? Or are the new enduro bikes manageable enough on the climbs?
i do like the comfort of being able to plow over stuff if needed but also really enjoy a good trail ride. seems I'm stuck in the middle.
I demoed a 2015 Sight and a Range, and ended up going with the Range. Boogieman was my go to trail at the time and while I could certainly manage everything on the Sight, I preferred the extra confidence of the Range. As you mentioned, it's a tough call though as there is always a trade off. There was no doubt that the Sight was a more efficient, better pedaling bike, just as there was no doubt that the Range was a more capable descender. The 2016/17 Sight were upgraded to a 150mm fork and some burlier tires though, so there's that to consider as well.
If you do end up going for the Range, you could try to find a 2016 A7.1 on clearout and then try to get them to upgrade it to a stealth dropper: http://www.johnhenrybikes.com/product/norco-range-a7.1-239979-1.htm