Mountain Bikes

Advice needed...

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TheEngineer    pirate
09/12/2012 at 21:21

Well I've decided that I'd better get stuck into some MTB action, as I'm told it's much more fun when you get dirty...

1) I'm on a budget, so what should I be on the lookout for? Good entry level bike recommendations, second hand bargains, or general advice would be useful!

2) I'm in (West) London. Best places to go and get stuck in??

3) Anybody want to come and hold my hand/play in the mud?!

Cpt.Jack sparra    pirate
09/12/2012 at 21:30
Budget ? Hardtail or full suss ? Type of riding you'll be doing ?
TheEngineer    pirate
09/12/2012 at 22:11
Budget yet to be decided. Three figures not four, and I'll pay for value...

Happy to go hard tail, but to he honest don't really have much clue!!!
Dustboy    pirate
09/12/2012 at 22:28

Sure FB will be along in a minute, he was very helpful. But I'll guess hardtail at that money. Something like a Specialized Hardrock?

Been over the Lookout in Bracknell with cat5 before a couple of times. Good fun but I am more of a firetrack man than all those scary downy bits and berms etc. You should come and laugh too.

FWIW, don't buy a bike with those springy back ends like you get in sports direct.They are, well, shit.  

09/12/2012 at 22:39
There's quite a lot of difference between a Hardrock and a Rockhopper. The Hardrock is really quite heavy. I'd invest a bit more if you can afford it and go for a slightly higher spec.
09/12/2012 at 22:45

DB - Am I right in thinking Cyclezone has a MTB shop too?

TheEngineer    pirate
09/12/2012 at 23:08

Any good?
Dustboy    pirate
10/12/2012 at 00:26

Yeah, cyclezone has big MTB section. Got mine there Cube AMS 100 Comp. Has bum soaker. Luvly. Lord H bought the hardtail version from there, he luvs it. But my arse arrives in better nick! 

Dustboy    pirate
10/12/2012 at 00:34

Felt looks OK E. My littlun has one. Nice machine. Cheap model there, but if you want winter training for road bike, no bad thing.


TheEngineer    pirate
10/12/2012 at 00:51

They have the 720 as well which looks to be full Deore. I might have to go for that...

flyaway    pirate
10/12/2012 at 08:32

In my opinion...

- a good gearset is worth investing in, so that it actually does shift when you are suddenly wheel-bound or trying to get up a hill that's come as a bit of a surprise
- if you're not spending 4 figures, then forget about rear suspension
- only consider disc brakes (which, by the way, you need to "bed in" - when you first get it, you'll go over a bump and the brakes will rub a bit, but just leave them be and they settle down)
- buy as light a frame as you can
- buy a disgusting colour if at all possible (mine is electric snot green!)
- any spare budget, invest in some tires, as they will make a big difference in dry vs wet and slick vs wet and claggy conditions
- have fun!

TheEngineer    pirate
10/12/2012 at 08:43
Edited: 10/12/2012 at 08:47
flyaway    pirate
10/12/2012 at 08:51

The GT is really ugly. The Felt is nicer - but it would be better to go and sit on one and ride it around a bit, than buy one blind. Fit is strange for a MTB, and until you sit on it, you dont really know if the reach will be comfy or the crossbar too high.

Dustboy    pirate
10/12/2012 at 10:27

Electric snot green, brilliant. E, listen to fly, well handy on the rough stuff kit.

10/12/2012 at 14:02
TheEngineer wrote (see)

Any good?

Bought mine back in August, no problems with it. Rides really well, but dont know how it compares to others. Rode it in anger for trhe first time at an MTB race yesterday, bike performed eally well (it was the rider that was the problem. Pretty extreme muddy slippery downhills, lot heavier than a road bike but they all are at this price range. Even though its white it cleans up nicely after each ride - biggest downside of MTBing.

Dustboy    pirate
10/12/2012 at 15:21

I only raced MTB once, as part of a duathlon. Last by a massive margin. LOL.

TheEngineer    pirate
10/12/2012 at 18:23

Okay well I plumped for the Q720!

Now who wants my cherry?

Edited: 10/12/2012 at 18:24
Cpt.Jack sparra    pirate
10/12/2012 at 18:50
Bit late now but halfords are doing the carrera vengeance on offer for the 12 days of Christmas , ??280 instead of ??450 , don't let the name put you off as they're a great bike carrera , I have the fury and its done all black runs in every trail centre in the uk and I've never had one single problem with it . The vengeance isn't much different to the fury tbh
Dustboy    pirate
10/12/2012 at 20:05

That Felt has hydraulic brakes too. They are well wicked.

M...eldy    pirate
10/12/2012 at 20:24

Engineer ... if your cherry is on offer then bring it along to the Ridgeway Christmas ride on 30th December  and we can all have a bite 

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