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New bike for my brother

core00core00 Posts: 169
edited July 2016 in MTB buying advice
I've introduced MTB to my brother and took him to Swinley last weekend and now he wants to buy a bike, he's not looking for an expensive one but rather an entry level one around £300 I know its very limited. Would be nice if he can get 27.5 wheelset as he thought my 29er bizango is too big, I know forks would be so good at around this price but reasonably good.

He's about my height 5'8 but heavier than me not sure by how much but not very heavy :lol:, as for the size I think he'll fall in around 16-18" frame size.

He'll be doing trails like me and he'll probably take it to work as well as he works about 15mins away by bike.
He's been looking at DB sync 1.0
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.DiamondBack-Syn ... _83295.htm

GT Avalanche
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.GT-Avalanche-Sp ... _83133.htm

and hardrock
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized-Har ... _95257.htm

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    The Diamondback and the Specialised are truly horrible. Useless forks and still 7 speed. It's not 1990.

    The GT is better, but still marginal.

    Wheels don't make a bike big, the frame does. Beginner riders often feel bikes are big as they are used to riding with the saddle low and their knees around their ears.

    Look at Calibre from Go Outdoors, or Rockriders from Decathlon.
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  • JGTRJGTR Posts: 1,404
    Halfords had a decent looking £300 bike last time I was in there, looked fairly modern and well worth the money
  • JGTRJGTR Posts: 1,404
    There also seems to be a lot of sales just starting
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,699
    As per cooldads suggestions or voodoo hoodoo from halfords if you can stretch the budget.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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