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£300 hardtail bikes

Postby masondasyk » Sat Sep 08, 2007 20:12 pm

hey ppl, lukin at bikes around £300-£370 tops and have no idea which to go for.want forks that will get me around until i upgrade for better ones .. im an xc`er but do 3 foot at max drops and same with jumps. any ideas.??
thanx..

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Postby Torres » Sat Sep 08, 2007 20:46 pm

The Kona Fire Mountain fits your budget. Recently got one myself for XC'ing and so far it's held up really well. The frame is amazing, unfortunately that's where it stops. The forks aren't bad, 100mm of travel, adjustable preload, but that's it. Will get you around, but they are nothing amazing. The rest of the kit isn't the best, so some other upgrades may be needed, depending what you need.
I'm quite new to the sport, so i've only done cross country runs so far, not tried any drops/jumps so i couldn't tell you if its any good for that type of riding.
Although i own one i have to say, you probably can get better kit for your money.
Happy hunting mate. :D

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Postby masondasyk » Sat Sep 08, 2007 20:55 pm

thanx for the advice mate bt the bad things u pointed out are abit worrying but thanx anyways

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Postby supersonic » Sat Sep 08, 2007 21:32 pm

Read the waht bike thread in the buying section, at the top.

IMHO the Kona has a nice frame but really let down by spec at this price. Lowly drivetrain, and undamped fork are well below par, but it has potentiial.

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Postby nonnac85 » Sun Sep 09, 2007 09:47 am

just got a spesh hardrock sport (hydraulic brakes) plus a few accesories (lizard skin for under chain and bottle cage) for £299 at evans.

"im an xc`er but do 3 foot at max drops and same with jumps. any ideas.?? - masondasyk " - me too and so far my bike has been fine

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Postby masondasyk » Sun Sep 09, 2007 17:20 pm

yeh bt i read reviews on it and the forks tend to break

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Postby supersonic » Sun Sep 09, 2007 18:15 pm

The hardrock isnt a jump bike - simply an XC bike with a tough image.

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Postby masondasyk » Sun Sep 09, 2007 18:17 pm

thanks for the advice but im interested in the carrera kraken in halfords

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Postby supersonic » Sun Sep 09, 2007 18:20 pm

Wait 4 weeks and the Kraken will be reduced in the sales to 265 quid ;-)

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Postby masondasyk » Sun Sep 09, 2007 18:21 pm

GREAT! that advice has lit up my face!! how do you know that?
thanx

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Postby supersonic » Sun Sep 09, 2007 18:22 pm

I am the all seeing eye! ;-). Well it will be 300 or 265, probably the latter.

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Postby Rick Atkinson » Mon Sep 10, 2007 14:22 pm

I'm selling a Giant XTC Se3, great XC bike which also makes a great platform to build up on. May not be the best for drop ofs and such like, but it's a decent bike. I'm after £300, it's advertised in the Readers add area under Mountain bikes.

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Postby WillGTJumper » Mon Sep 10, 2007 17:57 pm

The Fire Mountain looks pretty decent TBH, good make

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Postby Amos » Mon Sep 10, 2007 20:46 pm

Keep an eye out in skips near you, you could find a classic like this one we found last week: http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1484542/

On a serious note, definetly wait a month or so and see the '07 stock come down in price.

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Postby skitz » Wed Sep 12, 2007 16:52 pm

The Fire Mountain does look good for the money.

I opted for a GT Avalanche 2 Disc which is about the same price though the spec is a bit different. I've only had it out on the trails a few times so far and it has handled a few mild drop-offs, of about 2 or 3 feet (it coped well considering my inexperience!). Might be something else to think about.

Only problem I had was with the disc brakes needing sorting out at my local bike shop (that's what I get for buying on t'internet!). I'm new to this MTB stuff, but I think the fork and brakes on the Fire Mountain look a fair bit better than on the GT Aval 2.

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Postby supersonic » Wed Sep 12, 2007 23:09 pm

Fork and brakes on the Avalanche MUCH better - both hydraulic.

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Postby MarvintheAndroid » Fri Sep 14, 2007 17:58 pm

Woo hoo - just seen the new range of '08 GT Avalanche bikes advertised in MBUK - very nice. Well worth a look IMHO.

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Postby mb-rider1991 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 20:04 pm

Specialized Hard rock will do you grate i have had one for 2 years and you can change every thing and they can take every thing you throw at them mines has even bin in the alps Grate bikes

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Postby supersonic » Tue Sep 18, 2007 20:46 pm

Thats just it - you need to change everything lol

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Postby GOONERUK » Wed Sep 19, 2007 08:01 am

I bought a Specialized Hardrock Sport with Hydraulic brakes for £329, so far a very good bike, dont listen to the rubbish about forks braking unless your jumping alot, there plenty good enough. try this:
http://www.dalescycles.com/SearchResult ... d+hardrock


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