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by mark_fogel
Fri May 17, 2019 07:24 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Muddy/intermediate XC tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 827

Re: Muddy/intermediate XC tyres

I used to run Vittoria Gato on my 29er and I was very impressed in the wet and mud. Now I have Maxxis Forekaster which are also pretty good although a quite noise on tarmac. These do not roll as well in dry conditions as say race king/xking or racing ralph or rons but I ride all year around and tend...
by mark_fogel
Fri Feb 15, 2019 09:40 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Cube Aim MTB's how are they?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: Cube Aim MTB's how are they?

90% of my riding will be done on the tarmac. On weekends I will want to hit some off-road trails. Reason for 29er is for bigger wheels and also I will be adding pannier racks when I need to carry a lot of stuff with me especially on weekends. I used to ride my road bike with a big bag on my back an...
by mark_fogel
Thu Feb 14, 2019 14:55 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Cube Aim MTB's how are they?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: Cube Aim MTB's how are they?

The Aim is a solid built bike for general riding, will even handle some trails. If you are planning to ride bike parks you will soon want something else though. Have a look at Voodoo Hoodoo or Calibre Two Cubed these roughly in the same price range however overall better suited for more aggressive r...
by mark_fogel
Tue Feb 05, 2019 09:41 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Full suspension advice
Replies: 26
Views: 1069

Re: Full suspension advice

I had a Boardman FS for few years as my first full sus bike, I can vouch for it being really good. It lasted well and was a solid bike no matter how much I abused it. Take a look on Pauls Cycles for some alternative options... Like others said British Cycling gets you 10% discount at Halfords and CR...
by mark_fogel
Tue Jan 29, 2019 09:27 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Budget MTB up to £350 (with spreadsheet!)
Replies: 16
Views: 1119

Re: Budget MTB up to £350 (with spreadsheet!)

I know this is slightly over your budget at £400, however consider this:

Review
https://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/cate ... iew-52389/

Go Outdoors url:
https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-tw ... ke-p433553
by mark_fogel
Thu Dec 06, 2018 09:29 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Tyre Choice - Smart Sam/Magic Mary combo?
Replies: 10
Views: 873

Re: Tyre Choice - Smart Sam/Magic Mary combo?

The Rookie wrote:Nobby Nics work well, a friend has the Forekaster and declared them the worst tyre he's ever ridden, must be at least Addix speed if not Addix trail compound though, not performance which is rubbish!


I would have to disagree, Forekasters work well for me (-:
by mark_fogel
Wed Dec 05, 2018 16:25 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Tyre Choice - Smart Sam/Magic Mary combo?
Replies: 10
Views: 873

Re: Tyre Choice - Smart Sam/Magic Mary combo?

Magic Mary is an overkill for XC and way too draggy.... I would recommend something like a Maxxis Forkasters or Nobby Nics which are both lighter and roll better. Have a look at Vitorria Gato also very good for sloppy riding. Take that Smart Sam off and keep it for the summer (-:
by mark_fogel
Fri Nov 02, 2018 14:59 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Rear Suspension with Lock out
Replies: 29
Views: 1966

Re: Rear Suspension with Lock out

Manitou Mcleod is super plush and some models come with lock out which you can install on the bars. I had one for a year and it was really good, I loved being able to stiffen the rear shock without stopping pedalling and it made going up hill much easier. These shocks are not well known and you can ...
by mark_fogel
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Cube MTB. Any good?
Replies: 12
Views: 5416

Re: Cube MTB. Any good?

Currently looking at two bikes in a clearance sale one is a Trek Xcaliber 7 2018 which is just over budget but with trade in discount & fact its been a demo bike will cost about £475, the other is a Cube Reaction Pro 2018 which is far more over budget £774 with trade in but much higher specced ...
by mark_fogel
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Which tyres?
Replies: 64
Views: 2669

Re: Which tyres?

Hi, sorry to hijack this thread, but I've just got some new (to me) wheels, which are tubeless ready, but I've tried 3 different tyres on them and they're all too loose to get the tyre to seat. Can anyone recommend a good, tight-fitting tyre? I'm after a 29x2.2.i managed to get the front wheel to w...
by mark_fogel
Mon Sep 24, 2018 09:28 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Which tyres?
Replies: 64
Views: 2669

Re: Which tyres?

If that’s a performance Nobby Nic on the front it’d probably be passable in the summer - it was in the winter I found them sketchy. My Boardman Pro fs came with them (2015). I upgraded at the time to Continental Mountain King 2 - 2.4 protection black chillis. They were a massive upgrade. Running on...
by mark_fogel
Sun Sep 23, 2018 21:49 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Which tyres?
Replies: 64
Views: 2669

Re: Which tyres?

geomickb wrote:@mark_fogel why not two Nics?

@joebristol pretty sure it's not boost. It was purchased in 2013




These were the tyres which came with the bike, the summer was so dry so far I didn't need anything with better grip. Racing Ralph on the rear is really fast too.
by mark_fogel
Sun Sep 23, 2018 21:48 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Which tyres?
Replies: 64
Views: 2669

Re: Which tyres?

Just to add to my previous comment, I just found these on CRC and ended up buying two :D :D :D http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/maxxis-forekaster-tr-mtb-tyre/rp-prod175017 £17.99 down from £44.99 at the moment, really good price considering they usually sell for around £40 on other sites. The weat...
by mark_fogel
Sun Sep 23, 2018 20:55 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Which tyres?
Replies: 64
Views: 2669

Re: Which tyres?

Tyres setup is a very personal thing, setups which work for some would not work for others... Personally I find Nobby Nics to be great even in the cheapest performance flavour, I have Evolution compounds on other bikes and performance is 80% the same unless you really push the tyres hard. I am curre...
by mark_fogel
Tue Sep 18, 2018 08:55 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Potentially first full sus bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1235

Re: Potentially first full sus bike

The Bossnut is a really good option and gets amazing reviews, however consider this also: https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/boardman-mtr-8-6-mens-mountain-bike This one is only £900 and you can get 10% off with British Cycling discount which I think is £20-£25? so £835 total? lea...
by mark_fogel
Mon Sep 17, 2018 09:37 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Potentially first full sus bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1235

Re: Potentially first full sus bike

I would strongly recommend to increase the budget to say £1000-£1200 as you will get a much better bike than that entry level Voodoo. Look at Boardman FS or Calibre or Vitus or Norco all have good value bikes, Voodoo are also decent but you will need spend more on the Canzo or Zobop models.
by mark_fogel
Fri Sep 14, 2018 08:50 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Calibre Triple B or Boardman MTR 8.9 - Help to decide please
Replies: 4
Views: 1845

Re: Calibre Triple B or Boardman MTR 8.9 - Help to decide please

Both are good, I can vouch for Boardman I had a full sus for few years and it was great. The Calibre dropper is external and cable operated. The mechanism is prone to jamming when mud and grit get inside, I had the exact same model and ended up sending it back after 2 rides because its almost unusab...
by mark_fogel
Thu Aug 02, 2018 08:08 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Best Full Suspension MTB for under £1500
Replies: 12
Views: 2924

Re: Best Full Suspension MTB for under £1500

MrB123 wrote:http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/vitus-escarpe-vr-suspension-bike-slx-1x11-2018/rp-prod159743
Just noticed this is currently reduced too. Would be around £1500 once British Cycling discount applied.

There is a thread in Your Mountain Bikes from a guy on here who has one.



+1 for Vitus
by mark_fogel
Thu Jun 28, 2018 09:34 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Good buy for 790 euro / 700 pounds?
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Good buy for 790 euro / 700 pounds?

Its a matter of preference, some prefer larger some prefer smaller. I personally prefer larger bikes because I have long legs for my height. You can make small adjustments like move seat up/down/forward/backwards. The handle bars can be tilted forwards and backwards to improve comfort. If you are un...
by mark_fogel
Thu Jun 28, 2018 07:16 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Good buy for 790 euro / 700 pounds?
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Good buy for 790 euro / 700 pounds?

Look at sizing and fit section here, I would say 18.5 but check your leg length and reach to make sure its not too tall or long for you: https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/x-caliber/x-caliber-8/p/21577/ Value I think its ok perhaps a little better pr...

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