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Am i being an idiot wanting a MTB?

steventheducksteventheduck Posts: 5
edited March 2012 in MTB beginners
Hi all,

I have had a mountain bike all my life, but don't do much real off-road riding. My last MTB was a Marin with full suspension. I want a bike that I will primarily be on the road with, but I'm not sure I can face having a bike that can't handle a few trails off the road with.

I thought that a hybrid might be the best choice for me, but quite frankly I have been looking round bike shops and every single one I've seen is boring and black/grey/beige. I'm a big kid at heart and am thinking that I'd rather have a good looking and futureproof MTB than some boring hybrid that inspires no passion in me. I may one day get back into riding a bit more off road again and don't mind putting in a bit more effort on the road for the pleasure.

Am I being an idiot? I have about 750 to spend on a bike.


  • xand_xandxand_xand Posts: 271
    Not at all. Get yourself a nice 100mm travel XC Hardtail and youl be able to plod along the roads if you need to and hit the trails when you realise what youre missing out on.
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  • dhobiwallahdhobiwallah Posts: 272
    What does a hybrid do that a decent hardtail with slicks doesn't?
  • styxdstyxd Posts: 3,234
    Get a cyclocross bike like The Boardman.
  • I will certainly have a look into bikes like that Boardman CX, sounds interesting...

    @dohbiwallah: I honestly don't know. I've not had a MTB since I was a kid apart from that Marin one so I'm used to a very bouncy bike. Any hardtail would feel much the same to me until I actually start hitting the trails again.

    Thanks for the responses. Would I be better trying to get a 29er than a 26er?
  • raymondo60raymondo60 Posts: 735
    I've owned a Boardman Pro CX for over 2 years now. If I only owned one bike, it would certainly be the one. It really does handle all terrains and conditions apart from genuine 'Mountain Bike' territory. It also rides geat on the road. I do lots of towpath/trails/bridelways etc - it really does the trick.

    Good luck

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    I'm the otherway, I think an MTB is more versatile than a CX bike - but if for as stated above, towpath, light trails etc they are worth a punt. Drops, rocks and boulders and then the sus fork and wider bars do make a difference!
  • swelsbyukswelsbyuk Posts: 421
    Just had an email from Halfords - the Boardman Urban is down to £599. Minus the NUS code and you're only paying £540 for it. I'm tempted myself!
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