£200 for a bike?

Johnny Napalm
Johnny Napalm Posts: 1,458
edited May 2010 in MTB buying advice
Hi.

I have a friend who wants to buy a mtb, however, he only wants to spend £200.00 tops (with disc brakes...I know, I know!). I've explained to him that he will not get a great deal for the money, but I understand that he doesn't want to spend too much as it will be his first, and he wants to see if it's something that he will continue to pursue.

I recommended that he is better going the second hand route, as he will get more for his money, because I simply cannot find anything on the 'net that looks decent for that money (not that I expected to).

It's easy for me to tell him he needs to spend more, but he has a £200.00 budget, so he simply cannot afford to buy anything above that. I can't even let him try any of my bikes because he doesn't live near me.

He know that he will get what he pays for, but has anyone got any recommendations?
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Mongoose Teocali Super

Comments

  • Levi_501
    Levi_501 Posts: 1,105
    Ebay for a Trek, GT or Specilized I would have thought.
  • Pudseyp
    Pudseyp Posts: 3,514
    To be cruel you ain't going to get a MTB with disc brakes for 200 notes..you may struggle even with secondhand....you may be able to get a 2nd hand Carerra for this money.

    I would get him to save another £80 and get something like this
    http://www.cyclesurgery.com/1028375/Mar ... Ridge.html
    Although not disc or does not have a fancy fork...it is a functional bike to start with
    They also had the Pioneer Trail for £235...not on the site I know the Liverpool branch had some so may be worth a call...again no disc but a cracking little machine to start with.
    Tomac Synper 140 Giant XTC Alliance 1
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  • thel33ter
    thel33ter Posts: 2,684
    A second hand Carrera Vulcan or Kraken is probably the best you will get, or an older steel retrobike, but it won't have discs.
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
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  • Johnny Napalm
    Johnny Napalm Posts: 1,458
    Yeah, I've already told him all this, and tried to stress the importance of spending a little more in order to get a better bike.

    It's easy for us in the know; but trying to explain to individuals who are not so well-informed that spending £500.00 on a decent entry-level bike is recommended and will benefit in the long run, can prove difficult at times.

    I've lost count the number of similar conversations I've had over the years.

    Cheers, guys...I knew the answer already, but I just wondered if any eagle-eyed forum member might have seen something I hadn't.
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  • JamesBrckmn
    JamesBrckmn Posts: 1,360
    although you can't get disk brakes, you can still get a decent bike for £200: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/rockrider ... -34963795/ good review aswell: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... er-52-8964
  • Pudseyp
    Pudseyp Posts: 3,514
    What size frame does he need ?
    http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.p ... 1b0s2p1897 £250 in a large

    Or this for £189 http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _Bike_2009

    or this at £280 ? http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _Bike_2009

    Think he would be best to trawl all the sale bikes with the big online stores...
    Tomac Synper 140 Giant XTC Alliance 1
    If the world was flat, I wouldn't be riding !
  • Johnny Napalm
    Johnny Napalm Posts: 1,458
    Cheers, guys.

    I was looking at the Rockrider ealrier, which I think is disc brake compatible for future upgrades.

    I think he'll need a medium to large...depending!
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  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    I picked up my inbred for £200 off the classified, rigid forks and v-brakes but it was a cracking little bike and would be a great, if slightly brutal, entrance to the sport for a beginner.
  • thel33ter wrote:
    A second hand Carrera Vulcan or Kraken is probably the best you will get, or an older steel retrobike, but it won't have discs.

    Vulcans go virtually unused at that price. You've got to remember that many people only paid around £200 for them new. Some really cracking bikes for the budget. You could pick up something for £50. It certainly doesn't need to be a steel 'retrobike' imo - not unless you're looking for something like a P7, which hold their value extortionatelly well. I think it would be worth having a look through ebay or the classifieds and see if there s anything around locally as it all depends on what is up for sale at the time. If there's something around the corner that you can go and look at, he might agree to along.

    At the end of the day, he's got you to help him filter out the dogs, so he won't be buying blind.
  • Deputy Dawg
    Deputy Dawg Posts: 428
    Has your mate got access to a cycle to work scheme? If he has then you've just doubled the budget & shouldn't have a problem finding something half decent ;)

    Dawg
    Statistically, Six Out Of Seven Dwarves Aren't Happy
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    For a new deal the Rockrider is the way to go. Has a better spec than some bikes twice the price.
  • Johnny Napalm
    Johnny Napalm Posts: 1,458
    Hi, Supes!

    Yeah, I did point him in the way of Decathlon, so I'll see what he decides to do. Plus he will have a frame that will allow the option of discs at a later date when he has some spare cash.
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    SS Inbred
    Mongoose Teocali Super