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Second hand Dawes XC 2.4 as a starter 1st MTB

Jon114Jon114 Posts: 5
edited February 2014 in MTB beginners
Hi all,

Picked up a 2nd hand Dawes XC 2.4 yesterday, it'll do as a starter mountain bike for me, big aspirations, small budget and not much time on my hands at the moment, so thought this'd be a good place to start?

It's not new, but with a little TLC it should be a good bike. What are your thoughts?

The front forks are not lockoff, should I look for a s/h set on Ebay, or just get used to riding it first?

Keen to know what the pro's suggest?

Cheers all

Jon :)

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Depends what the forks are. Lockout is not really important IMO.
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  • Ride it and change bits as an when required. Another who rarely bothers with lockout even on roads.
  • Thanks for the advice.

    What are your thoughts on kit? What items do I need to look for in your opinion, (1st off helmet - yes I'm that new to it, (I do have an old one), but what in your opinion is a 'good' helmet)? Two friends of mine were saved by helmets over the years, my helmet is of dubious origin though - possibly Aldi years ago now - rather embarrassing, but honest.

    Cheers
  • mcnultycopmcnultycop Posts: 2,143
    Unless the helmet is broken just wear it. Nothing wrong with a cheap helmet if it fits.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    What he said^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Fit is most important, but all helmets sold in the EU comply with minimum standards.
    So try some on.
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  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    If the helmet is over 5 years old get a new one, budget about 30 to 35 for a nice one.
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