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What bike ?

voorhees Apr 13, 2010

  1. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    I have found out my trusty 19 gear MTB is well below the task of biking and need advice on a good hard tail MTB within a budget of 500,can anyone point me in the direction of somewhere ?
     
  2. alipaton

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    Regardless of wich bike you pick i would recomend going to a big bike shop ie evans ,halfords etc and try as many different bikes as you can until you find one you like ,then search about to find the best price for your choosen bike .Bikes have come a long way and for £500 you can get a very capable h/tail with disc brakes and descent drivetrain .chainreaction .com is a good place to look when you know what you want ,wiggle is an other good site

    hope this helps Ali
     
  3. eBay or buy a mountain bike mag and save yourself a few £'s :icon_thumright:

    I've got a GT - Nothing flash but it's a nice bike - I used to ride GT BMX's back in the day...
     
  4. The Maestro

    The Maestro S3 ~ MTM 330BHP ~ Milltek TBE

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    I've got a 'Diamond Back' and I love it!
     
  5. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    Always liked specialized & Trek myself but most were out of my price range lol
     
  6. OldRedEyes

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    Specialized is the way forward, i was looking to get a bike for the same price, and was told by a good friend who spend's the same on his many bike's as we do on our car's, that they are definitely the market leader and most innovative out there at the moment.

    Rockhopper being his suggestion

    I used to have Marin's when i was a nipper, would love a new one, but think Specialized will be my next one due to the above info.
     
  7. wibble111

    wibble111 needs to scratch the itch

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    Might be worth asking your employer if they will join the ride to work scheme, evans offer a nice discount up to about 40%. I'm in the process of getting my employer to join it giving me a nice discount on a specialized rock hopper complete with lights, lock, helmet, seat bag & pump for about £400. Personally i'd go for a MTB even if its just for commuting and maybe put some road tyres on it, IMO MTB's are pleasing to look at, relatively good riding position and you have the option to ride it more or less anywhere.

    e2a http://www.evanscycles.com/ride2work
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2010
  8. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    am a contractor boo hoo
     
  9. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon Manual

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    Dude ebay is going to be your best bet really, although there is a place in Brum on the Cov road next to the Maccies, im sure its a bike warehouse...

    Oh and a slight hijack, anyone got an old BMX for sale or want to get rid of one???
     
  10. jcs356

    jcs356 Brum brum

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    Jason - if you've got your own ltd company there is nothing stopping you setting up your own bike to work scheme. The bigger bike shops (like Evans and Wiggle) now do all the paperwork for you so you don't have to worry about that.

    I'm a contractor with my own ltd company, and I got myself a nice Focus Cayo from Wiggle last September (ok it's a road bike) but it is going to end up costing me me just over £500 over the year for a bike which had a retail price of £900 at the time.
     
  11. wibble111

    wibble111 needs to scratch the itch

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    Sounds a good idea :icon_thumright:
     
  12. L1 HCS

    L1 HCS Active Member

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    Jase, try this website: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/EN-GB/

    Not being a keen cyclist myself, but I've been told by professional cyclists that Giant are a good brand and they have a huge selection, with 24 gears and within your price range. Even though you may have to travel 2 hours or so to try it out from where you are, but you can cycle home from there lol. (But I'm sure if you look there may be local stores that sell the Giant brand.) Good luck!
     
  13. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon Manual

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    If you need one from Halfords, let me know, I might be able to get you a better price on it ok :)
     
  14. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    Not got a limited company just a limited wallet thanks anyway,Helen that's one am looking at cheers,nilz no I have a halfords one already
     
  15. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon Manual

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    Coolio :)
     
  16. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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  17. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    nice wheels :icon_thumright:
    I'm just starting out so if it goes south I don't want to waste money (plus the missus doesn't know) so am being safe and going for something like this http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/4500-disc-2010-mountain-bike-ec020722 we have so much countryside nearby it just seems so silly not to have one also am buying my 8 yr old daughter a specialized hotrock one
     
  18. pjmspeedy

    pjmspeedy Dude, what's mine say ?

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    I've always had GT's and to be honest wouldn't buy anything else.....
     
  19. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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    try looking for a 2009 bike that way it should be a bit cheaper, some are in limited sizes but could save a few £
     
  20. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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  21. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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  22. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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    well get some dosh spent then :p
     
  23. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    ok sorry boss :)
     
  24. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    My new Trek 4500
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    also I bought my daughter a Trek MT Track 220
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  25. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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    that looks allwhite
     
  26. ALPINE

    ALPINE Yes its diesel, now cry u lost

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    where does the turbo bolt on? :)
     
  27. markwiggy

    markwiggy Third Gear

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    Specalized Rockhopper is always a good buy around that price range, consistently getting good review in the mountain biking press.

    Mark
     
  28. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    yes with black wheels...its the in thing apparently

    my mate is a hardcore biker and he recommended the trek for me so that edged the rockhopper out
     
  29. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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    Trek always get really good write ups in all the mags, they also seem to spend the most on advertising in those mags ........................ but they are regarded as one of the best makes tbh theres not a lot between Trek and Specialized Iwas looking at both but went for a Rocky Mountain just to be Different.

    Hopefully I can get out tomorrow or monday for a good ride :)
     
  30. the old one

    the old one New Member

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    Just remember Black bikes look smart but the red one`s are faster,
     
  31. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    did you end up buying the trek dude ? im into downhill and freeride myself so know a fer little bout bikes and setup's what kinda trails you looking to ride... up.. down... roots... rocks... can i ask why a hardtail ? take it your not into dirt jumping as your looking at an xc bike.. you will be limited if you wanna push yourself and have some fun.... you getting matching Lycra :no:
    recently got shut of my Santa cruz V10, a very sad day but needs must..you cant go wrong with SC be it bikes or deck they really know how to make stuff for the riders
     

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