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What type of MtB bike to buy and look for???

Got back into riding and have bought what I think is the wrong type of bike for what I need, not an issue as can sell but what should I be looking for?

I ride on the Isle of Wight - I ride farm tracks, fields, over the downs on small lanes, tracks, I try to take in a couple of climbs and descents during my 20-30km rides


Typical terrain:







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  • rugnugdorugnugdo Posts: 68
    Budget circa £1500. Open to new and used.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    I'd suggest an XC style hardtail, possibly a rigid if you want to make it a bit lighter.

    Either of these are worth a look
    https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBOOSCSX/on-one-scandal-sram-sx-mountain-bike
    https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBOOWHGX/on-one-whippet-sram-gx-mountain-bike
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • rugnugdorugnugdo Posts: 68
    had been considering a hardtail but my censored takes a pounding on some of the rides so leaning towards full suss... want to find a happy medium I guess
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    Larger tyre, lower pressure or learning to adjust pedal stroke to lift your arris at the right time would all help.

    XC full suspension tend to be quite pricey as it's the trail market that's most catered for, they will also add circa 2/3-1kg to the bike weight.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
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