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kevinscottkevinscott Posts: 49
edited April 2013 in MTB beginners
Its been an interesting day, a mate of mine took me up to Glentress near Peebles in the Scottish borders for a wee jaunt around. I think my first mistake I made was actually going, considering he as a 2 grand custom built bike.

So, went into the bike shop and hired a bike. Mistake two, taking on of their Genesis Mantles for £20 for the day. This was my first time on a bike in about 6 years, so not knowing much different, it felt like an OK bike.

So up the hill we go, this is a slog as the gears kept sliding about when changing gears..especially at the front.
When up at the middle car park I did notice how light he bike was compared to the thing I had hired. The mantle just felt like a tank compared to it...especially the front suspension.

One thing I can recommend to any other first timers, do not under any circumstance take the red route....jesus, I am now in bits after that.
I wish I had forked out the extra £30 for one of the top end bikes they have for hire, would of made my day a lot easier I feel. As despite 100mm worth of travel on the Mantle, it didn't stop it from hurting like hell!!

However, after what was a very painful day, I can take one thing away from it and that I quite enjoyed it. However, my personal choice on what bike to actually buy has somewhat changed.

So, basically, what is the lightest(non carbon) bike you can get out there, without going into stupid money as I am still very much a beginner.

I think im going to be aching for days..



  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Define 'stupid money'.
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  • Thats always the thing...silly money. How to define it. I would love to say £2000/£3000. That would be awesome. But as I am a beginner, I am kinda limited to about £500 as not wanting to spend to much on essentially "my first time"
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Read the sticky at the top of the Buying Advice section.
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  • YacobyYacoby Posts: 211
    I hate to say it... Have you considered that you are just are not used to using those muscles?

    For example the first time I rode the DH stuff at Inners on an uplift day it destroyed me. I just wasn't used to using those muscles. (I was also on a a 120mm XC hardtail). Legs felt like censored for days and that was with 6 runs rather than 8 (stupid mechanicals).

    The Mantle 10 I rode at GT (swapped bikes for a bit) felt fine weight wise. Not the lightest bike I have ridden by any means but not a bike I started up a hill and immanently noticed the weight.
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