Thanks Rowlers, what's the issue with the forks? Is the same issue present on say the 6500 or 6700 models?
No specific issue, they just feel the cheapest part of the whole package, (They are Dart 2s), they do they job though.
Been round a few shops today.
Seen the GT Avalanche 1.0 at £500, and a nice Scott for £550.
Bloke at another bike shop reckons out of those available locally, it would be between an Orange G2 (£550) or a Giant XTC 4.5 (£500)
Or I could even stretch to the Orange G3 if this was really worth while.
Any opinions on these bikes?!
UP TO £300:
This is about the price for a good capable entry level hardtail. It is worth
reading the beginners bike thread for info on what to look for. However there are
some very good machines below this price that will suit many first time buyers.
Giant Boulder - £200: thoughtful speccing form Giant gives us a well laid out and capable entry level MTB with features usuallu unseen at this price
Decathlon Rockrider 5.2 - £200: alloy frame, 8spd, alloy components, decent fork,
V brakes and sub 30lbs weight make this a great starter bike for those who dont
want to venture too far off road.
GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc - £299: classic entry level bike sports great frame and parts, and a set of cable disc brakes for superior wet weather performance.
Carrera Vulcan - £299: similar to the Avalanche in spec and forks, another good
entry level machine with solid frame and parts. Edit: check out the latest version with a damped XCM fork!
Mongoose Tyax Elite - £299: one of the best selling bikes of the year. Ups the
ante with a superb damped forks, but still gets 8spd drivetrain, good frame and
cable discs, excellent performer if a little weighty.
In this price range things move up a gear. Forks start to have damping cartridges, offering much better performance off road: gears may be 9sp, not only offering more range, but more durability. Even hydraulic discs are appearing, which are simply the best stopper out there. Not all offer all this, it depends on what you want from the bike, but personally I feel the fork is the most important component for performance.
Trek 4300 - £300: another classic entry level XC bike. May not have the fancy forks and discs of others, but classy frame and light weight make it a good bike for light trails and paths, or to upgrade.
Carrera Kraken - £360: amazing value bike from Carrera shoehorns 9spd Sram gearing, Tektro hydro discs, superb frame and damped suntour fork for a great price. Only slightly high weight lets it down
GT Avalanche 2.0 and Mongoose Tyax Super - £400: two very similar bikes set the budget standard. Proven frames, damped forks with lockout, good quality shimano drivetrain and amazingly hydraulic discs
Specialized Hardrock Pro - £400: Sturdy offering from Specialized, with well proven Avid disc brakes, butted frame, hydraulic lockout sus fork and dependable shimano drivetrain.
Trek 4500 - £400: no discs on this one, but 9spd Shimano, Rockshox fork and light weight make for another excellent XC offering from Trek
Giant Terrago - £430: 9spd, hydro brakes and oil damped fork with a frame like this for 430 quid?
Genesis Core - £450: the new kid on the block, designed for UK riders. Standout fork make this a good option, backed up with decent brakes and tyres.
Jimmy - pretty much still relevant! Are 2008 models, but 2009 models are starting to appear, and I will update the list when I have more details.Revo: all are good for the money, with slight variations in spec. I prefer the Elite as it has the better fork. Rear V brake not always a bad thing - saves weight, frees up money for elsewhere. I'd avoid buying online, and take advantage of dealer service.
Grenno: Things have moved on! I think these bikes do offer an upgrade over the Tequesta, even if the Tequesta was more expensive in it's day.