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Offline roystinho  
#1 Posted : 09 June 2011 19:29:50(UTC)
roystinho


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In a bid to get fit, save the planet and keep the clio as a weekend toy I'm thinking about getting a mountain bike.

I'll be doing about 20 miles per day plus weekends away etc, so want something fairly decent. Been looking at getting a rigid frame with lockable suspension and disk brakes as it'll be a commute through some woods, onto a canal then a bit of road. Budget is about £600

Current favourite is a Scott Aspect 20

Anyone got any other good suggestions? I'd be very gratefulSmile
Offline DazBav  
#2 Posted : 09 June 2011 19:49:59(UTC)
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I think the Cube bikes represent good value for money and not just because i have one LOL As you say a hardtail will be ideal for your commute.Main things to compare are the gears and brake setup. Shimano XT is a very good set up.

Try a few local shops to make sure you get the right size bike and then maybe go online and find a better deal.

I wanted a Cube LTD Pro which was priced at just under £900 i got one from Glasgow in the end for around £700 with free delivery.

http://www.freeflowbikes.com/

Big boys are

http://www.evanscycles.com/ (two branches in Leeds)

http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/

My ride

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Offline CJT_RUK  
#3 Posted : 09 June 2011 19:58:18(UTC)
Carl_T


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I have a Scott Scale 60 - been very pleased with it and would recommend Scott as worth looking at...
Offline roystinho  
#4 Posted : 09 June 2011 20:43:47(UTC)
roystinho


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I spoke to a top bloke at a local bike shop who said Scotts are good and have very few warranty issues and recommended even though there were loads of others to choose from. Good sign or just a salesman? I've met enough salesmen to think he was pretty genuine

Daz, this is the set up 
  • Frame: Aspect Hydroformed D.B.Alloy 6061 Performance geometry Integrated headtube
  • Fork: Rock Shox Dart 2 with Lockout 100mm travel / reb. Adj.
  • Headset: Ritchey Logic OE integ.
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-M485 Hydr. Disc
  • Crankset: Shimano FC-M442, black 44x32x22 T
  • Pedals: Wellgo LU-998-S
  • Rims: Alex TD-24 Disc 32H Black
  • Tires: Scott OZON 26 x 2.0 27TPI
Any good?
Offline mart50mfree  
#5 Posted : 09 June 2011 20:59:37(UTC)
Martin200


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http://www.specializedco...er/Rockhopper/Rockhopper

thats what i have, had the equivalent model 9 years now, hasn't missed a beat
Offline DazBav  
#6 Posted : 09 June 2011 21:19:24(UTC)
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Offline DazBav  
#7 Posted : 09 June 2011 21:21:49(UTC)
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Danny,More budget required lol

Not a bad spec on the Scott bike to be fair. If there is any left search for 2010 model bikes,normally there are just a colour change and a couple of little bits but you save save ££££££££££££££

Offline roystinho  
#8 Posted : 09 June 2011 21:22:29(UTC)
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DazBav wrote:

Lapierre Pro Race Team 2011

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Availability: In stock

Our Price: Excl. Tax: £4,749.99Incl. Tax: £5,699.99

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Wow, think I'll get one for the wife tooClownLOL
Offline DazBav  
#9 Posted : 09 June 2011 21:39:39(UTC)
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Haha sorry mate. It is a minefield out there picking the right bike,it took me ages ! Trek bikes are also worth a look as they are coming good again.
Offline Penn  
#10 Posted : 09 June 2011 21:56:09(UTC)
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I've also been looking around for MTB's recently and I have to say, there is absolutely no where on the internet where you can find simple bike reviews.

I looked at an article earlier on mountainbike.com - "Great value bikes; We look at the best bang for buck bikes"...

The cheapest bike in the list was £3,000 ............. /facepalm

Luckily I have 2 brothers who are insanely into their bikes and they both point towards specialized rockhoppers for value for money. They normally do 0% finance too from their store at Forte in Birmingham.

Just need to sell my old Giant STP Zero dirt jumper now!
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Offline yp53acj  
#11 Posted : 10 June 2011 07:57:59(UTC)
TwingoGeekeo


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Im a giant man

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So id say have a look at the Revel like my mountain bike or even the Talon.

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These are my bad boys!

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Mountain
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Road
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Offline CJT_RUK  
#12 Posted : 10 June 2011 08:01:34(UTC)
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Posts: 4,414

TwingoGeekeo wrote:

=.

These are my bad boys!

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Mountain
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You appear to have a dodgy mudguard on the rear ShockedWink

Offline yp53acj  
#13 Posted : 10 June 2011 08:05:21(UTC)
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had just been out on a ride then took the picture Wink

Unless your on about the saddle bag or im confused.com LOL

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Offline Streetfighter  
#14 Posted : 10 June 2011 10:25:01(UTC)
Streetfighter


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DazBav has already mentioned chain reaction but there's also some good deals on wiggle.co.uk Depending what you are buying I find one or the other of those sites is always best value. You can also find bikes and read owners reviews which is handy, shipping is always prompt too.

Offline nickw35572  
#15 Posted : 10 June 2011 10:39:59(UTC)
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Hardtail with lockable suspension sounds ideal. Look at the gearing if you're going to be on roads where you expect to be going quite quickly. Some of the bikes can be quite a bit lower-geared than others and it's frustrating if you get up to a good speed and can't go any faster. Divide the teeth on the largest cog on the front (e.g. 44) by the teeth on the smallest cog on the back (e.g. 11) and the bigger the number, the higher the gearing. Sorry if that's stating the obvious.

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For reviews, I found quite a lot on Evans Cycles, so you could try there.

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As others have said, if you can find a 2010 bike you could bag a bargain for slightly different colours.

Offline yp53acj  
#16 Posted : 10 June 2011 10:46:56(UTC)
TwingoGeekeo


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Bike Radar is the place to be for reveiws.

Offline Wheelybug  
#17 Posted : 11 June 2011 00:28:34(UTC)
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Hi

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/ is a good place for previous years models as they normally have some big discounts on them.

Offline ourbloke  
#18 Posted : 11 June 2011 10:48:09(UTC)
ourbloke


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I have a Scott and it is a good bike.
Also worth considering is the Boardman bikes that Halfords sell. They get very good write ups.
Offline yp53acj  
#19 Posted : 11 June 2011 11:23:29(UTC)
TwingoGeekeo


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Im looking at getting a Giant Reign or a Giant Trance now Smile

Oh the misses is going to hate me LOL

Offline Will86  
#20 Posted : 12 June 2011 13:57:31(UTC)
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Another thumbs up for CUBE bikes. Here's mine a ltd team (excuse the peach sat on it)


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Offline Doddsy  
#21 Posted : 12 June 2011 21:54:25(UTC)
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Posts: 1,059

I've had this bike for over 3 years now and its been great :)
RS MTB
Offline denty999  
#22 Posted : 12 June 2011 22:03:39(UTC)
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^ Haha nice wheels ;)
Offline yp53acj  
#23 Posted : 13 June 2011 08:28:35(UTC)
TwingoGeekeo


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I remember when we was selling all the Renaultsport bike bits
Offline roystinho  
#24 Posted : 13 June 2011 20:56:20(UTC)
roystinho


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Daz, I'm loving your CubeCoolCool

Every time I check this thread I think I should just do it, but can't find a price like you paid.

I've seen this one 


How much worse is this? Is it a Spurs compared to an ArsenalWinkLOL
Offline WB83  
#25 Posted : 14 June 2011 10:02:40(UTC)
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Posts: 3,041

Go for an Orange, British designed and handmade in Yorkshire. Slightly more pricey but much better than than a dodgy taiwanese number. The cubes looks good on paper as they are mass produced and have good economies of scale when its come to component speccing but the frame quality suffers hugely and the ride just wont have that grin factor. I've had many many many bikes (used to work as a mechanic in a bike shop too) and now ride a 2009 orange p7 pro, 2010 Norco atomik DH bike, 2003 Marin Rock Springs and a Federal BMX.

http://www.orangebikes.co.uk/bikes/2010/p7_pro/

http://www.norco.com/archives/2010/?id=atomik

http://www.federalbikes.com/

Me on the Norco at Cwmcarn:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12123857&l=17d38846e7&id=565755633

Mate's helmet cam run at Glentress spooky woods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qye_miYhSdg

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