Thanks for the great response Bike Nerd, much appreciated. To be honest i think in the beginning i will be doing all round trail biking as I will need to regain my confidence to do any highly technical descents (it’s been about 10 years since i have ridden MTB trails). However i wanted to future proof myself a bit and have the right amount of travel (i.e 150mm) for when i eventually start the bigger descents and hitting some jumps/drops etc.
I’m thinking of ordering the Scott Genius as bikes are quite hard to come by atm in Australia and especially in my size (XL) l. I know people have mixed opinions on the TwinLoc however i think for where I live and want to ride it will be quite handy as I have some tracks which are riding distance from my house. I will however look into the Ibis Ripmo more closely as well so thanks for that suggestion.