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Hardtail around £700

89gbuckingham89gbuckingham Posts: 3
edited January 2015 in MTB buying advice

I used to cycle a lot 6 / 7 years ago - mainly light / basic XC trials. I'm looking to get back into it again - I've got up to £800 to spend. Will also probably use it for commuting; around 16 miles a day - gravel paths & tarmac.

Most of the bikes that I've seen in my budget have SR Suntour forks; if I recall, these didn't have a great reputation in the past so am a bit weary of them. I know I'm not going to get anything to flashy for my budget; but should I really be trying to avoid them?

I've been look at the Trek X-Caliber 8; the 2014 model ( ... e-ec053723) is £650 with Suntour forks and a Shimano (Deore & SLX Shadow) groupset, and the 2015 model ( ... e-ec066117) is £750 with RockShox and a SRAM groupset (X5 / X7). From what I've seen the groupsets are quite similar and mainly down to personal preference, so is the extra £100 worth it for the different forks?

Is there anything else in my budget worth considering?



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