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First Mountain Bike £500 - £750 Range

Adam1892Adam1892 Posts: 3
edited March 2016 in MTB beginners
Would like some advice for which is the best mountain bike to buy in the £500-£750 price range.

I have decided to take up mountain biking to keep fit as I can't do as much football and boxing training due to age and injuries catching up with me. So I'm looking to get a half decent bike between the £500-£750 price range, but I'm not very knowledgeable and would appreciate any feedback which company and bike are the best to buy with what money I have got to spend.

I was thinking a Scott Scale 970 https://www.evanscycles.com/scott-scale ... 3#/reviews

Or this Cube Attention SL https://www.evanscycles.com/cube-attent ... e-EV264346

Would appreciate if anyone knows which bike is the better bike or any other bikes around the same price range which could be a option.

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  • daffdaff Posts: 81
    Hi

    I've got the Voodoo Bizango from Halfords £599 plus 10% off for British Cycling members.

    Gets great reviews, good kit and is a blast to ride.
    As always, everyone recommends what they ride, but having looked around before I bought, I came to the conclusion that this was the best I could get for the price (also had a few quid back from topcashback), so a bit of a bargain in my books
  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,152
    Bizango is a good recommendation - new ones via Halfords only. Also see if your company offers the cycle to work scheme which is a good way of funding it. Alternatively get a really expensive one and catch someone stealing it so you can do some boxing training!
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • kajjalkajjal Posts: 3,380
    Bizango is a good buy and leaves money for clothing and a helmet etc. Unless you are very tall or very short it will be fine for size.

    Only costs about £20 for lowest British Cycling membership to get the 10% off.
  • Adam1892Adam1892 Posts: 3
    kajjal wrote:
    Bizango is a good buy and leaves money for clothing and a helmet etc. Unless you are very tall or very short it will be fine for size.

    Only costs about £20 for lowest British Cycling membership to get the 10% off.

    Thanks for your opinion guys, I really liked the look of the voodoo bizango after the reviews I read but I'm 6ft5 and the biggest 20inch frame was too small when I checked it out in halfords.

    Such a shame I would of got a bizango if they done bigger frame :roll:
  • 97th choice97th choice Posts: 2,305
    Decathlon is always a good shout.

    A couple of options from my favourite German store that are slightly cheaper and in 27.5 and 29" wheel. Both come in size 22"

    http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/rado ... wg_id-6198

    http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/rado ... /wg_id-117
    Too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye

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  • kajjalkajjal Posts: 3,380
    Adam1892 wrote:
    kajjal wrote:
    Bizango is a good buy and leaves money for clothing and a helmet etc. Unless you are very tall or very short it will be fine for size.

    Only costs about £20 for lowest British Cycling membership to get the 10% off.

    Thanks for your opinion guys, I really liked the look of the voodoo bizango after the reviews I read but I'm 6ft5 and the biggest 20inch frame was too small when I checked it out in halfords.

    Such a shame I would have got a bizango if they done bigger frame :roll:

    I am 6ft7 and know the frustration. Less choice but it is important you get a bike that fits.

    http://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk/specia ... -bike.html

    If you click on the size chart on the linked website it shows rider height v bike size. Specialized are good for tall riders for sizing but not as good value for money. I bought a specialized Carve 23" / XXL as it fitted me perfectly. Check for last years bikes reduced in the sales. Other brands may also fit just don't settle for a bike that is too small.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    Ignore sizing charts as anything but the loosest guide, for a start it only applies here to bikes with the same length to height ratio as Spesh, secondly it makes no allowances for proportions, as short of leg and long of torso I need a larger size as my torso means I need a longer bike.
  • kajjalkajjal Posts: 3,380
    The Rookie wrote:
    Ignore sizing charts as anything but the loosest guide, for a start it only applies here to bikes with the same length to height ratio as Spesh, secondly it makes no allowances for proportions, as short of leg and long of torso I need a larger size as my torso means I need a longer bike.

    That's true as i have relatively shorter legs which makes fitting on bikes easier. What i was showing was the range of sizes the have is more than most brands. Nothing beats actually sitting on a bike.
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