I've finally got round to ordering me one of them bike fings! After umming and ahhing over 26" vs 700C, disc brakes vs rim brakes, alu vs steel (carbon too pricey. Sniff), flat bars vs drops etc etc and not actually being able to find the bike I thought I liked the most, I've ordered the next model down. It's a Marin Novato and ticks all the formers of the options above. It will have the carbon fork off the Point Reyes, which the man in the shop is supplying and fitting for a very reasonable £75 extra. I wanted this partly for the chunkier looks and coz I think it might be a bit more forgiving on my old arms. I know this an unusual design of bike i.e. a road-going bike with 26" wheels, but my reasoning is that I could, if I so desired, fit knobblies on it and convert it to a rigid MTB.