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Winter Bike - any ideas ??

kiniookinioo Posts: 776
edited August 2015 in MTB buying advice
Morning All,

I am thinking of getting myself a second bike for wet, cold and salty winter MTB ride outs.

I am after something still quite decent / good quality, something along the lines of Boardman Team R...

My preferences:

- HT;
- still good components;
- max £350;
- can be either 26" / 650 / 29"

Anything else out there ??

Cheers,

Chris

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  • buddy_clubbuddy_club Posts: 935
    Do you live in the UK?
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  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,252
    Really? Just clean the one you have after a messy ride!
    Trail fun - Transition Bandit
    Road - Wilier Izoard Centaur/Cube Agree C62 Disc
    Allround - Cotic Solaris
  • kiniookinioo Posts: 776
    Really? Just clean the one you have after a messy ride!

    Rally!

    Its not about cleaning, but salt, mud on/off road and damp conditions in my shed...I know what happened to may old bike after winter months, and yes it was cleaned after each ride.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    I'm thinking of building a rigid single speed 29er this winter. Seems like the ideal bike for resisting the UK winter grime.
  • BriggoBriggo Posts: 3,823
    Really? Just clean the one you have after a messy ride!

    Rally!

    Its not about cleaning, but salt, mud on/off road and damp conditions in my shed...I know what happened to may old bike after winter months, and yes it was cleaned after each ride.

    A decent bike doesn't corrode if you look after it.

    Saying that having a 'winter bike' is a great excuse for n+1.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Full suspension bearings don't always survive too well in winter.
  • Been going round in circles deciding on a Winter bike as I'm down to just one bike at the moment. Been looking at options from another Hardtail or CX Bike for off road use, Adventure Bike for dual purpose and using my incoming shorter travel travel FS through Winter and getting a road bike for when things are really sh*tty and I can't be arsed with mud.

    The road bike is in the lead although a friend is selling his Bird Zero in a size up from the one I just sold off at a really good price so I'm quite tempted by this as well.

    You'd probsbly find a CX or Adventure bike at a decent price if your trails are too rough.
    Bird Aeris : Trek Remedy 9.9 29er : Trek Procaliber 9.8 SL
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Road is just dull, only made interesting by the non existent grip in the wet. CX bikes can at least go off road.
  • Road is just dull, only made interesting by the non existent grip in the wet. CX bikes can at least go off road.
    I couldn't do it week in, week out, but there are times where I just fancy a change in riding style and would take the FS out on the road for 30 plus miles when the trails get counter productive to ride on and lose their enjoyment.

    A few of my friends also use road bikes alongside their MTBs and find they supplement their riding well so joining them for rides is another factor. Otherwise I would go CX or the Hardtail with a set of road suitable wheels and tyres.
    Bird Aeris : Trek Remedy 9.9 29er : Trek Procaliber 9.8 SL
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    After 20,000+ road miles I have enjoyed a single second of it. The fun to danger ratio is all wrong, it's lethal (cars and zero grip, censored brakes, potholes) and no fun at all.
  • swod1swod1 Posts: 1,639
    After 20,000+ road miles I have enjoyed a single second of it. The fun to danger ratio is all wrong, it's lethal (cars and zero grip, censored brakes, potholes) and no fun at all.

    I thought you got a 29er hardtail for your ride into work?

    I would agree with that road bikes have improved with disc brakes but as the tyres are that small it gets a bit sketchy in the wet.

    Anyway why we talking about road bikes, for winter just make sure that the parts that need it are greased/oiled and you be fine.

    I've rode my hardtail through all weathers last two years and it's been fine with everything oiled or greased as needed.

    Are suspension pivot bearings not sealed cartridge to avoid damage, I've seen these upgrade bearings on eBay for suspension bik s how much better are they?
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