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Vulcan v Rockrider

r1c1r1c1 Posts: 12
edited October 2012 in MTB buying advice
Hi Again,

Off to Halfords later to check out Carrera Vulcan (£379) then Decathlon for Rockrider 5.3(£299)

I like the look of both bikes and they're around my buget (£300)

Both seem to have everything I (think I) need but the specs confuse me.

Does anyone have any input on which would be the better bike. I know the 5.3 is mentioned in the sticky but wondered if it is better than the Vulcan.

Thanks for any help.

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    The main difference is that the Vulcan has hydraulic disc brakes - but the 5.3 gets a better fork and drivetrain.

    Why not look at the Rockrider 8.0? This gets an upgrade to hydro brakes.
  • r1c1r1c1 Posts: 12
    Hi

    The 8.1 is more than I can spend at moment. I didn't even notice that the 5.3 had cable operate disc brakes.
    Thanks for pointing it out. Any other suggestions around 300 or would I be better just going with Vulcan?
  • chez_m356chez_m356 Posts: 1,893
    the 8.0 is only £40 more than the vulcan http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-80-id_8206681.html £399 for the 8.0 v £359 for the vulcan
    Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011
  • r1c1r1c1 Posts: 12
    I was looking at 8.1. Didn't notice 8.0. Don't think my local shop has that one in stock but I'll check later today.
    Any input on Vulcan or is Rockrider better?
  • LJ.LJ. Posts: 149
    I don't think much of the 8.0 compared to the others. If you buy from halfords order it online and collect because they have a deal on, you could get the Voodoo Hoodoo for £435. I like the Vulcan though
  • r1c1r1c1 Posts: 12
    lol. Just asked kids and they liked Vulcan. Thought about Hoodoo, it gets good reviews but slightly more money and not keen on colour. Vulcan looking good so far........
  • chez_m356chez_m356 Posts: 1,893
    r1c1 wrote:
    lol. Just asked kids and they liked Vulcan. Thought about Hoodoo, it gets good reviews but slightly more money and not keen on colour. Vulcan looking good so far........
    is a nice looking bike, this guy has one viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12878757&hilit=vulcan
    Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011
  • r1c1r1c1 Posts: 12
    Update - Went to Halfords to check out Vulcan. Didn't have display model and staff not keen to bring bike through from warehouse...........so back home again without a bike.

    1 more question,
    Is there anything wrong with the specialized hardrock disc? Looks good and I thought the company were good.

    Thanks again
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Everything apart from the frame. For the money they are awful, censored fork, low rent parts.
  • mcnultycopmcnultycop Posts: 2,143
    At that price point Decathlon and Halfords bikes offer much better specs than the bigger "name" brands, the fork in particular on the Hardrock is poor, but generally the others you are looking at offer better spec throughout.
  • r1c1r1c1 Posts: 12
    Thanks. Was just curious as ads in magazines always show these and GT's etc at around 400 mark.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    The only thing your paying for is the name, otherwise they are hopelessly un imperative, stick to the mass brands.
  • r1c1r1c1 Posts: 12
    Finally bought a bike. Went for Carrera Vulcan from Halfords. Chose not to let them build it. Got bike for £ 330. Only been out on it a couple of times so far but feels great. Feels a lot lighter than my old 80's mountain bike and steers a lot quicker. Thanks for all help.
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