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Are 2006/2007 bargains worth it?

YecombYecomb Posts: 26
edited August 2008 in MTB buying advice
I'm looking at getting my first bike since buying a non-sus 90's Rockhopper.

Is it worth going for a 2006-7 bargain buy with say 40% discount or has things moved on since then making it better to go for a 2008 20% discounted bike?

I'm favouring Norco, Kona, Rocky Mountain, Commencal or Ironhorse and looking for a full suspension bike that'll be fun on rough stuff but also do routes at Kielder and 7Stanes.

Any advice on particular versions welcome.

I'm in your hands,


  • YecombYecomb Posts: 26
    Sorry, I should have added my budget after discount is to about 1300 for the right bike.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    2006-2007 bargains are awesome, and you can get some massive discounts. I've seen things like Norco A-lines going for 700 quid, or Mount visions for as little as 500 bucks :shock:
  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    Depends what bike and what price.

    Some brands may have made significant changes, but if the price is right then the old model can still be good VFM.

    But general MTB technology has not moved on a great deal since 2006 or 2007, provided you don't get stiffed with a bike that was out of date back then! Shocks, forks, suspension designs and disc brakes are mostly still pretty similar now.

    So what sort of bike are you after? And what's caught your eye so far?
  • YecombYecomb Posts: 26
    To be honest my heads in a spin from the variety of bikes and different specs but here goes; I like the look of

    Norco Six 1 (06) at 1100quid against (08) reduced to 1700. 06 has Marzocchi Z1 and Hayes HFX-9 & 08 has Marzocchi 66ATA & Hayes Stroker Trail.

    Kona Dawg Primo or Coiler Deluxe (both 07) at 1125 & 1300.

    Rocky Mountain ESTX 10 & 30 (both 07) at 1100 & 1250

    Commencal Meta 4.2 (07) at 1080

    Ironhorse Azure Sport (08) at 1000.

    These are from the main websites to advertise such as Chain Reaction, Winstanleys, Wiggle, Pauls and Jejames. Has anyone had a bad experience with any of these shops or are they ok?

    I'd like a bike that is fun to ride going down rough stuff and will also manage routes at 7stanes and kielder, so uphill as well.

    Btw, I'm 15 stone and 5'11 if that makes a difference.
  • YES!
  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    Of the bikes you list, I'd take the Etsx 30 in a heartbeat.The frame and fork are worth that or more alone and the finishing kit is reasonable quality too.

    It was on my shortlist a while ago, but I got a better deal on something else. Would be great for your stated purpose, as a medium travel trail bike.

    I don't know so much about the others, but I suspect the Dawg may have got a lighter frame for '08. But even if it's the old frame on the '07 - my mate has an '06 and loves it. They're very popular bikes and again, good for 7stanes etc.
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