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£1K Hardtail recommendations

Hello everyone,
I'm looking for a hardtail up to £1K ( that I can get on the cycle to work scheme) I'm brand new to MTB and I intend to do trail riding. I've done a lot of research but I'm looking for some buying advice. I've got some recommendations if anyone wants to tell me more or their thoughts on these I would be grateful, many thanks.
Ragley Marley 2.0
Nukeproof scout 290 sport
Whyte 805 or 529


  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,811
    Which cycle to work scheme (there are many) each one has different limitations on dealers so no point recommending a bike you can't get!

    If you want thoughts on bikes it helps to post links to save everyone going and searching separately.
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • idol.timidol.tim Posts: 1
    edited November 2019
    Hi - I'm in the same spot so would also like some ideas. My BTW scheme basically limits me to Tredz or Halfords so I've been looking at the former.
    Cube Acid - good kit, worse frame?
    Cube Reaction - better frame, unknown fork, worse groupset but you get a dropper
    Scott Scale, similar spec to Cube Reaction

    Edit - meant to say, I'm 6'4 so I've been told a 29" would be better for me than a 27 - no idea if that's the truth or not
  • Just bought a Merida big seven 500 for my grandson.

    Came in at £660 and is pretty much the best specc'd bike at that money.

    The frame is a lovely thing.
    Trek,,,, too cool for school ,, apparently
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,852
    edited November 2019
    The Big Seven 500 only has 100mm forks so not great for trails.
    None of the bikes @idol.tim has listed are particularly good value. To get in the £1k limit I'd go for the Voodoo Bokkor from Halfords. The £150 saved will buy a decent dropper post.
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  • bikes`n`gunsbikes`n`guns Posts: 959
    edited November 2019
    It's more than capable of trail riding, 100mm or not. Plenty 140mm forks are rubbish you know. The ones on the Merida actually perform pretty well.
    Trek,,,, too cool for school ,, apparently
  • mattyfezmattyfez Posts: 638
    It's more about the quality of the fork than the total travel.. That's only one aspect, rebound and damping are equally important.. a lot of newer bikes seem more conservative on travel these days than they used to be unless you're doing the red bull rampage in which case you might want more lol!
  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,474
    Will the £350 extra over and above a Bizango get you anything worth paying for? Or not give enough headroom to allow for a dropper post etc etc?
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,811
    Of those 3 only the reaction is as good as a Binzango but still costs 50% more.

    Beware of expensive imitations!
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
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