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What's the best sales "Bargain Bike" you've seen?

barrister-at-lawbarrister-at-law Posts: 25
edited December 2008 in MTB general
I'm after a decent XC bike (£1k +). I used to race a few years ago and fancy taking it up again to assist me with my Ironman training. Plus, I fancy doing the Grand Raid Cristalp at some point in the next year or two.

As I like a bargain I wonder what the eyes and ears of the forum have seen?

P.S. If It's Carbon framed all the better! Doesn't matter whether hardtail or suspended as long as it's racy!


  • The Rocky Mountain ETSX 10 2007 if you don't mind a bit older is going for 1099 or 1199 depending on size down from 1895 at CRC

    Rocky Mountain ETSX-10


    • Frame Easton Custom 7005 UltraLite Aluminium
    • WEIGHT: 6.59lbs/2.99KG (18in)
    100 - 115 - 130 MM travel
    • Forks MARZOCCHI AM 4
    140 MM travel
    • Rear Derailleur SHIMANO XT
    • Front Derailleur SHIMANO DEORE
    • Chainset RACE FACE RIDE XC
    • Bottom Bracket FSA ISIS
    • Chain SHIMANO HG53-9
    • Freewheel SHIMANO DEORE
    • Headset FSA
    • Stem EASTON EA30
    • Handlebars EASTON EA30
    • Front Brake AVID JUICY 3
    • Rear Brake AVID JUICY 3
    • Brake Levers AVID JUICY 3
    • Rims ALEX DP17
    • Front Hub SHIMANO M475
    • Rear Hub SHIMANO M475
    • Spokes DT CHAMPION
    • Tyres IRC MIBRO MARATHON 2.25
    • Saddle RMB
    • Seatpost EASTON EA30
    • Pedals SHIMANO PDM505 ... elID=19668

    not carbon but looks a good deal.

    or the slayer with nearly a grand off at 1649 and carbon seatstay- ... elID=19661

    hope that's some food for thought :)
    Start Weight 18st 13lbs March 2009
    17st 10lbs August 2009
    17st 4lbs October 2009
    15st 12lbs December 2010

    Final planned weight 12st 7lbs
  • Dales Cycles are doing 20% off all bikes which is a pretty good deal. Limited time offer so best be quick.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    That ETX still doen't look good value at the reduced price, EA30 and wheels from a 400 quid bike lol.

    Can get a carbon framed Carrera Titan from BikeHut - for £899 full build.
  • Cannondale carbon rush 4 sl. Got one myself and love it. Classed as a marathon bike but more than happy as a full on xc bike. Carbon frame too. Got my 08 for £1599.00. 09's are going for £1800.00 but i bet you could get a better price on the 08 with a bit of haggling.
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  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    Check the deals on Giant Anthems at Paul's Cycles.

    Brilliant bike, amazingly fast and great fun to ride.
  • get a bike around this time of year or a bit later when all of the 09 bikes are coming in in bulk and they need to clear stock, it is normally the expensive bikes they are left with cos everyone who wants a bargain normally wants a starter bike (at least i did)

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  • Adding to the comment on Dales, I just bought a brand new Specialized Epic Expert 2008 for £949 (list price £1899) in medium. It is still listed as £1499 on the site, but maybe worth calling them to see if they have any stock left.

    I didn't barter them down or anything - they are just doing crazy deals to shift some stock.
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