My main bike is a Spesh Tricross, but since I bought it last year it seems to have morphed into a touring bike as it is now fitted with mudguards, a rack, and narrower tyres. I am thinking about getting a second bike, to be used more for fun runs and general away days. The sort of bike that will do roads, trails, canal paths and maybe a wee bit off road occassionally. I have been doing some reading on here, as well as other reviews and the bike that keeps ticking all the boxes is a Scott Aspect MTB, but I would fit it with more road orientated tyres (Specialized Hemisphere armadillos?). I looked at an Aspect 45 today which is the same bike but with disc brakes rather than V brakes. For that there is a £150 extra charge, so I am thinking that the V brakes will be fine for my needs. Anyway I cannot justify spending £550 on a second bike. Any opinions/experiences of this bike?