Felt or Calibre?

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Tombsterz
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Felt or Calibre?

Postby Tombsterz » Wed Jun 26, 2019 08:11 am

Hi all
I'm thinking of either buying the Felt 9/80 (£349 down from £549) or calibre two cubed (£399 down from £599) as my first MTB. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice for these or if there any sub-£400 MTBs that are better?
Any advice is welcome :)

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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby robertpb » Wed Jun 26, 2019 08:42 am

The Calibre is the better bike.
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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby jamski » Wed Jun 26, 2019 09:13 am

The Calibre is by far the better bike. Fork, brakes, drivetrain, there's no contest.
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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby Tombsterz » Wed Jun 26, 2019 09:39 am

Ok thanks, I'm interested in the Calibre but I quite like the look of the Felt and it's more within my budget. I had a feeling the Calibre is better because of the reviews, but is the Felt actually any good or should I just avoid it? I'm just basing this on the cheaper price and looks but obviously components and geometry are just as important

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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby robertpb » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:33 am

£500 is usually considered the lowest price you should go for in a MTB, in the Calibre you are getting what most others would charge £700 for, so it's a bargain at £399.

Don't go on looks at this price you could end up with a dog.
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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby Long Time Lurker » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:33 am

My first bike was a Felt.
Made a stupid and costly decision, based on the fact that I liked the colour/look of the Felt when there were so many better bikes in that price bracket. :oops:
(There is a reason why there are so many cheaply 2nd-hand bikes for sale on Gumtree/eBay etc. They all bought cheap, heavy bikes with poor components which aren't fun to ride.)
2007 Felt Q720 (the ratbike)
2012 Cube Ltd SL (the hardtail XC 26er)
2014 Lapierre Zesty TR 329 (the full-sus 29er)

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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby jamski » Wed Jun 26, 2019 13:31 pm

It's £50, just wait another month if it's an issue, they really are a fair distance apart. Don't buy the Felt, you will regret it.
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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby Tombsterz » Wed Jun 26, 2019 14:25 pm

Ok thanks for the advice, I'll steer clear of the felt!

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Re: Felt or Calibre?

Postby RagnarL » Thu Jun 27, 2019 09:53 am

Tombsterz wrote:Ok thanks for the advice, I'll steer clear of the felt!


Definitely I have done a lot of research of the last 12 months etc on budget bikes. There is a review out on the two cubed from mbr I think stating there is nothing comparable to it at the price range. It won the new sub 375 hardtail of the year cat aswell by a country mile.


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