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£400 - £700 (Maybe a bit more)

snoopsmydoggsnoopsmydogg Posts: 1,110
edited March 2013 in MTB buying advice
the sticky at the top has a good buyers guide


  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,793
    The bikes don't change much.....

    Go to option for a decent, light, responsive ride is the Rockrider 8.1 from Decathlon (only), now at £550, after than the Voodoo Hoodoo or Carrera Fury are both good buys, or for a bit more the Boardman hardtails (all Halfords)

    For what you describe, I'd go with the RR.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • chez_m356chez_m356 Posts: 1,893
    DigiKunt wrote:
    I looked at that but it seems almost a year out of date
      only the 8.1 that out of date, but it does take you to the website, so not hard to find the new version ... 68918.html
      Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011
    • chez_m356chez_m356 Posts: 1,893
      DigiKunt wrote:
      The Rockrider 8.1 does look ok (it's not RED) & it would leave me with change to buy a lock & speedo thing etc
      another I do like is the Radon ZR Team 7.0 but I dont understand the costing/delivery as its not in £
        you can change the language/currency at the top right hand corner of the page ... ml?mfid=52
          one thing to remember with the radon's, i believe the brakes comes euro setup ie front left, rear right
        Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011
      • I brought a giant anthem x4 2012 from the sales section of this site.
        Was in your price range!
        The bloke that sold it to me had better customer service skills than my local bike shop!
        Just a thought, abit of a gamble I thought but bike is like new and needs nothing other than pedals :D
      • swod1swod1 Posts: 1,639
        just take your time and visit bike shop locally if you can to see what they stock so you can try for size and see if they have any last years bikes still or shop demo bikes that will be cheaper etc.

        I jumped into getting a bike too easily ended up going for my trek in evans and should have looked around but its what i wanted.

        Have you decided on a spec of bike that you want ?

        some things you would want

        hydraulic disc brakes - a must
        front suspension lockout
        29er or 26inch wheels
        9 or 10 speed gears
      • 97th choice97th choice Posts: 2,222
        Take a look at the vitus range from chain reaction, some good stuff there and 10% off the 2013 models at the moment.
        Too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye

        Giant Trance
        Radon ZR 27.5 Race
        Btwin Alur700
        Merida CX500
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