New bike needed

rob allison
rob allison Posts: 27
edited March 2010 in MTB buying advice
Hi all,

Am looking to get new wheels, ideally a do -it - all hardtail, I do mainly trail riding but also mild downhill and urban riding. I have between £500 - £800 to spend.
I just cant decide!
Cheers
Rob
R.Allison

Comments

  • Build up a On One 456.
    My Bikes And Me
    A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
  • Good option and nice bikes too
    R.Allison
  • I have considered a ' Sunn Forest Jump S2' but cant find ant reviews.
    Does anyone own one or know what they are like?
    R.Allison
  • kona_matt
    kona_matt Posts: 475
    n.battison wrote:
    Build up a On One 456.

    +1, that's my current plan
    FCN 9 - 2008 Kona Cinder Cone
    FCN 9 - Custom Build On-One 456
    FCN 5 - 2010 Boardman Team Carbon
  • I have considered a ' Sunn Forest Jump S2' but cant find ant reviews.
    Does anyone own one or know what they are like?

    It does look quite nice but the spec is a bit weak for that amount.

    If you could push your budget up to 900 you could look at a 09 Orange p7 S?

    It has amazing reviews everywhere.

    Neil
    My Bikes And Me
    A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    GT Aggrerssor XCR - superb for the cash.
  • peter413
    peter413 Posts: 5,120
    ...Or a Carrera Fury and spend the extra cash on upgrades :wink:
  • bigboned
    bigboned Posts: 151
    +1 for GT XCR - im a 20 stone lump and i just cant break it!
    For the muddy - Boardman comp frame ( to match the roadie) running saint/ fox
    For the blacktop - Boardman Pro Carbon

    'Currently listening to Motley Crue's Girls Girls Girls'
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    456 with some sort of drop post....

    run it at 140mm, double-bash and device, big wheels.
  • al2098
    al2098 Posts: 174
    "ideally"
    Do yourself a favour and save up for a good full sus.
    It will always be the next step. Save some money and cut out the middleman 'hardtail'.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    al2098 wrote:
    "ideally"
    Do yourself a favour and save up for a good full sus.
    It will always be the next step. Save some money and cut out the middleman 'hardtail'.

    Shut up.
  • al2098
    al2098 Posts: 174
    Supersonic, did I upset you or are you just an idiot?
  • albo
    albo Posts: 260
    woah....
  • joshtp
    joshtp Posts: 3,966
    supersonic wrote:
    GT Aggrerssor XCR - superb for the cash.
    All the WAY!
    no regrets on mine...
    I like bikes and stuff
  • specialized roockhopper sl comp 2010 - fantastic for £799, one on ebay i think for £499 bids or £699 buy now - absolute bargain and wicked machine
  • nomadicbry
    nomadicbry Posts: 223
    for the money the GT Aggressor XCR is an excellent buy
    I've had mine over 3 years (cost £700 at the time but may be a bit more now) and it takes all kinds of punishment. without a tantrum.

    It's heavier than the Spesh (a positive for downhills) but for throwing around it may be exactly what you want and it's no slouch going up hill. It is better specced than the Spesh and if you don't want to upgrade the components then the GT is the one.

    I've heard great reports about the Fury as well from my mate who has one and that's only £550 I think

    I tend to reduce the fork to 100 mm rather than use the full 130mm as I feel it's less twitchy in the downhill corners but this may be more to do with my lack of ability.

    However, great bike and would recommend
    Enough bikes to open a bike shop but always room for one more...
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    al2098 wrote:
    "ideally"
    Do yourself a favour and save up for a good full sus.
    It will always be the next step. Save some money and cut out the middleman 'hardtail'.

    ??? Does not that depend where he rides, particularly on that budget ? I have been riding HT since 1995 and having tried loads of full sussers, none could match my Sunn Exact or Commie NUTS5 whether down or up hill. Obviously I don't live in the Alps.
    The quickest riders on the South Downs are more often than not on HT rather then FS.
    I think FS is very often used an as excuse for lack of technique. Ah, the power of marketing over function.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    al2098 wrote:
    Supersonic, did I upset you or are you just an idiot?

    This full suss is best, everyone must have one is just crap. Many ride HTs for many reasons - to dismiss them straight away is poor advice.

    So who is the idiot?
  • ads4
    ads4 Posts: 698
    ^^^^^

    Both is best :) Different skills and very different styles of riding needed. My mate has both but it's his hardtail he rides the most so he stay out of the saddle..and I love his Cruz FS that he hardly uses ;)
    Adam.

    Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.

    Current ride - Yeti ASR 5a X0
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Exactly! Fulls suss/HT, SPDS/flats, gears/SS - horses for courses, personal preference. Try and buy.
  • al2098
    al2098 Posts: 174
    It is of course an issue of personal preference.
    Also an issue of finance. To get an exceptionally good FS in the weight catagory of a good HT will be a very expensive move.
    What do most of the top pros ride? High end FS I believe.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    For XC? Majority of pros ride hardtails. Current WC used a Scott Scale.

    Only DH is FS all the way the through. Even 4X is a split. All DJers and trials riders ride hardtails.
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    al2098 wrote:
    What do most of the top pros ride? High end FS I believe.
    LOL.
    Ah, the power of marketing...
    Heard of Absalon before ?