Budget Bike?

creeky
creeky Posts: 57
edited July 2007 in Women
Hi,
Can anyone recommend a Mountain Bike for around the £200 mark for general road use & a bit of XC? Its for a beginner, so dont need anything flash.

Thanks in advance.

Comments

  • mudface
    mudface Posts: 1,733
    try posting in buying advice or beginners, i'm not sure about the other ladies, but i wouldn't have a clue about buying a bike for £200. sounds like a tall order. my drive train cost more than that...
  • Kitty
    Kitty Posts: 2,844
    I am getting made a fairly good bike from parts from the various different mbuk forumites mainly for free or paying a little but not the parts worth, ask about for what parts you need.
  • SJ
    SJ Posts: 2,871
    Echo mudface, now if it were shoes you were after...
    a dirtbag of the most delightful variety
  • Rykard
    Rykard Posts: 582
    decathlon had one for 209 that got some pretty good reviews.
    Cheers
    Rich

    A Vision of a Champion is someone who is bent over, drenched with sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.
  • creeky
    creeky Posts: 57
    Thanks for your replies, Its for my partner. the budget is low just incase it does not get used. We have also looked at the Carrera Vulcan & Kreken Ladies bikes from halfords and just about fits the bugdet.

    Do you have any views?

    Will post on the beginners forum anyway to see what they say.

    (And yes, If it were shoes, There would be NO budget)!!!

    Thanks
  • SJ
    SJ Posts: 2,871
    creeky wrote:
    (And yes, If it were shoes, There would be NO budget)!!!

    Lol, can you have a word with my man please?!
    a dirtbag of the most delightful variety
  • mudface
    mudface Posts: 1,733
    http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/index ... 1&brandID=

    this any good? for what she wants, this is a good, lightweight frame by a good company. check out some of the mail order websites etc - a lot of the 06 bikes are being sold off dirt cheap.

    the other make i'd have a look at if i were you would be Kona. the spec is never amazingly brilliant because you're paying more for a good quality frame - this means that if she decides she likes it, you have a very good frame to attach your upgraded components to.
  • mudface
    mudface Posts: 1,733
    btw i only chose the WSD bike because it happened to be good value. i've never owned a woman's bike - there's lots you can do to adapt the geometry of the bike. but you probably know all of this if you ride anyway though - not meaning to patronise...
  • Thantos
    Thantos Posts: 533
    Kitty wrote:
    I am getting made a fairly good bike from parts from the various different mbuk forumites mainly for free or paying a little but not the parts worth, ask about for what parts you need.

    [intrusive post] It's not really for free though is it Kitty. Not after all you've 'done' for them. :lol: [/intrusive post]
  • hi there creeky

    i bought my girlfriend a carrerra vulcan, little blue bike from halfords. there were some problems with it initially as the gears did not work properly. i took it to my local bike shop to be serviced and it then went well. we have now been to glentress and a few other places with it having no problems since the service.

    it was also bought with teh idea that it may not be used much and now it has sparked my girlfriends interest so much she is ready to upgrade!

    so i would say although halfords service was dodgy (in my case but not everyones) the bike has done the job well as a stating point for mtbing.

    hope this helps.any questions just ask....

    will