XC Hardtail Bike

bazmcg
bazmcg Posts: 95
edited May 2010 in MTB buying advice
I'm thinking of buying a XC hardtail bike for around the £1800 mark. I have been looking at the Stumpjumper comp and the Cannondale F1. Has any one got any recommendations on which is better or an alternative. I'm looking for something light and fast for XC racing.

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  • mf5
    mf5 Posts: 207
    The cannondale would be great for XC racing, its the model with the left fork isn't it? I took one on an extensive test ride off road and thought it was great. If only I could afford one
  • Levi_501
    Levi_501 Posts: 1,105
    Easy, Trek 8500 Lovely to ride, fast as you like, climbs very well.

    I love mine, I was a bit worried splashing out this sort of money on a MTB, but first time I took it into the forest this thought was way out of my mind 8)
  • bazmcg
    bazmcg Posts: 95
    Just had a look at the Trek online. Looks like a great spec. I'll add it to the list of possibilities.
  • Eranu
    Eranu Posts: 712
    Have a look at the Cube Reaction, for that money you can get the Alu or Carbon versions.
  • neninja
    neninja Posts: 424
    I loved my Giant XTC Composite - tough, light and fast


    Paul's Cycles still have the 2009 carbon framed XTC on offer (the same frame as the 2010 bike).

    The Advanced 1 reduced from £3250 to £2050 - it comes with excellent running gear and a decent set of light wheels.
    Advanced 2 reduced to £1600

    I'd buy another carbon framed Giant XTC without hesitation.
  • cat_with_no_tail
    cat_with_no_tail Posts: 12,981
    Save yourself £400 for goodies, and get one of these.

    XT/XTR shifting
    Crossmax SLR wheelset
    REBA Team forks
    Total Weight just over 23lbs

    Bargaintastic!

    With the £400 you save you could probably get that down by another pound or so too! :shock:
  • Scalpel_79
    Scalpel_79 Posts: 147
    Save yourself £400 for goodies, and get one of these.

    XT/XTR shifting
    Crossmax SLR wheelset
    REBA Team forks
    Total Weight just over 23lbs

    Bargaintastic!

    With the £400 you save you could probably get that down by another pound or so too! :shock:

    :shock: nice!!!
    for £400 left you get yourself saddle of your choice, skewers, possibly set of rubbers if not happy with current ones, handlebar, stem

    good find
  • Eranu
    Eranu Posts: 712
    I keep forgetting about that bike, it's a very good spec for the money.
  • Scalpel_79
    Scalpel_79 Posts: 147
    actually.....saddle on there is quite quite
  • cat_with_no_tail
    cat_with_no_tail Posts: 12,981
    I only thought of it because I've just been on that site looking for details of a bike for another thread.
    Really is hard to justify spending more for less. Unless you;re a bit of a brand whore (not that there's anything wrong with that of course)
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Or with the 400 you could buy the carbon on one when it comes out in 26" 100mm travel flavour!
  • cat_with_no_tail
    cat_with_no_tail Posts: 12,981
    Or with the 400 you could buy Cat With No Tail the carbon on one 456 as a thank you for recommending such an awesome bike at such a great price!

    I agree! :lol::lol:
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    I'll mention the carbon Zaskar at 1200 from Paul's. That leaves 600 quid. Replace the crossrides maybe?
  • naemates
    naemates Posts: 13
    Why don't you check out the Rocklobster Team Titanium. For £1800 you could get full XT spec and an upgraded fork. Check the link .http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/custom-mo ... anium.html
  • bazmcg
    bazmcg Posts: 95
    Thanks for the info guys. I'm going to have a look at paul's cycles. I like the sound of the Giant.
  • Matt N
    Matt N Posts: 160
    you're all wrong... get a cotic soul :)
    the bike of my dreams
    If calsberg made bikes... they'd probably be the best bikes in the world

    ’My Spesh’
  • bazmcg
    bazmcg Posts: 95
    Just had a look in a local bike shop and they have a 2010 S-works Stumpjumper M5 frame built up with the same spec as the Stumpjumper comp. All for 1500, the same price as the comp. Sounds like a good deal. Has anyone any expierence of the S Works frame?
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    Save yourself £400 for goodies, and get one of these.

    XT/XTR shifting
    Crossmax SLR wheelset
    REBA Team forks
    Total Weight just over 23lbs

    Bargaintastic!

    With the £400 you save you could probably get that down by another pound or so too! :shock:

    I am genuinely not a brand snob however much I am gonna sound like one but £1,400 for a Rockrider ? Joke du Jour ?
  • Fodder666
    Fodder666 Posts: 56
    bazmcg wrote:
    Just had a look in a local bike shop and they have a 2010 S-works Stumpjumper M5 frame built up with the same spec as the Stumpjumper comp. All for 1500, the same price as the comp. Sounds like a good deal. Has anyone any expierence of the S Works frame?


    I got a 2006 S-works M5 Frame and built it up with full XT (dual control) and last year got Reba Team Dual air 100mm. Never had any problems with the frame, the finish was and still is excellent. To be honest though I can't see much difference between stumpjumper and s-works frame, apart from the carbon seatpost. If it's the same price though go for the s-works as it will certainly stand out.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/forums/vie ... highlight=
  • hard-rider
    hard-rider Posts: 460
    Scott Scale 30?
  • vtech1.5
    vtech1.5 Posts: 97
    Stumpjumper or the Cannondale F1 for me both really nice bikes(love the lefty too ! ) I'd get the Dale myself as the local dealer is really good and the after sales Service brilliant in comparison to Specialized dealer. the Sworks 2010 frame is gorgeous though !
  • amt27
    amt27 Posts: 320
    a guy on another forum is selling a C'dale Flash Carbon for £1800

    http://www.xcracer.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 583#p23583
  • Pudseyp
    Pudseyp Posts: 3,514
    Bought an XTC Alliance 1 from Pauls and love it to bits it was only a grand got rid of the rims that came with it and got some nice handbuild ones from Dave Hinde for £200 (XT on XM717)

    Agree check out the deals at Pauls
    Tomac Synper 140 Giant XTC Alliance 1
    If the world was flat, I wouldn't be riding !
  • KlausSA
    KlausSA Posts: 8
    Specialised has nice range but for XC more budget racing i'd probably go to the Merida or GT stable.
  • bails87
    bails87 Posts: 12,998
    nickfrog wrote:
    I am genuinely not a brand snob however much I am gonna sound like one

    Well look at that, you were right :lol:


    How about a Boardman Pro, then use the £800 leftover to change the frame, something carbonicious, or maybe titanium, then swap the parts over?
    MTB/CX

    "As I said last time, it won't happen again."
  • bazmcg
    bazmcg Posts: 95
    UPDATE: I went and bought the S-Works frame that was built up with the same spec as the Stumpjumper Comp. I know it's wrong to judge a bike on looks but it just looks so sexy.
    It's fairly light too, around 11kg. I'm gonna ditch the riser bars for some flat carbon bars and bar ends. ( I can't live without bar ends!!!!)

    Thanks for all the opinions.
  • vtech1.5
    vtech1.5 Posts: 97
    Good choice !! 2010 frame very nice and not very common,good luck with it !
    Not bad for the £ either considering the price of the frame