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First Bike!!

mtb99mtb99 Posts: 4
edited June 2016 in MTB beginners
Hi Guys

New to this forum and the world of mountain biking. Looking to purchase my first bike but don't really know what im looking for (spec wise). I have a budget of around £400-£500. I have come across these bikes and was wondering which one you would choose:

rockfinder 560
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-560-mountain-bike-275-id_8336092.html

vitus nucleus 275 VR
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/vitus-bikes-nucleus-275-vr-hardtail-bike-2016/rp-prod135377

calibre two two
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-two-two-alloy-hardtail-mountain-bike-p275612

Thanks and i look forward to your responses.

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,184
    Hi mtb99 and welcome to the forum, firstly before anyone can advise you properly on which bike is best for what etc we would need to know what kind of riding you intend doing. Some people just do local bridal paths or proper off road and trails centre or out into the hills or just commuting on cycle paths.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • mtb99mtb99 Posts: 4
    i will start off with bridal paths but hope to progress into proper off road riding once i get the swing of things. i will not be riding on the roads for commuting etc.
  • Lungs94Lungs94 Posts: 160
    Check out the Voodoo Bizango or the Saracen Mantra Pro, both great bikes.
    Bikes:
    2013 Mondraker Dune XR - XX1 XO1 Hope, Easton Carbon, Fox
    Voodoo Bizango XT - Hope, Pikes, Mavic
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    The 560 isnt that much better than the much cheaper 540, so that is worth considering if you think you may 'get the bug' and want to upgrade (buy a better bike) in future.
    Of those three, the Calibre has the best fork (the single most important component) and would be my choice.
  • IRONTUSKIRONTUSK Posts: 4
    I got a Voodoo Bantu about two weeks ago from Halfords.

    It was a toss up between that and the calibre, I tried them both and overall preferred the Bantu.

    I`d say I was in a similar position to you - I did a bridleway to start with about 20 miles and couldn't really fault the bike.

    Went out this Sunday and took it down some trails with big rocks, steep hills and was very happy with it.
  • mtb99mtb99 Posts: 4
    Thanks for the replies and advice guys.

    Just to let you know i went for the Calibre Two Two, even got it for £350 because the store had the wrong price tag on it :P

    Can't wait to pick it up and take it for a ride :D
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