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Mountain bike advice 3 years 9 months ago #5024

Looking to delve into the mucky world of riding on trails in the dirt. Mate has a mountain bike and lives right next to loads of trails and is eager to share. I've not a great deal of experience with mountain bikes so was looking for suggestions as a starter bike.

Would be looking at a hard tail with disc brakes. I was thinking something 2nd hand in case it's not for me, have about £280 to spare ( stretch further for something new that I could get on finance but would rather stick with 2nd hand until I know I'd take it up ).

Anyone any ideas on what is suitable in that (small) price range?

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Mountain bike advice 3 years 8 months ago #5026

Swindys, I'm no expert but I had a specialized hardrock sport disc for a couple of years, it was a bit heavy but I always thought if I could get up a hill on this wait till I get a lighter bike ;) You can pick them up on ebay for a few hundred quid for a really good one! I've now got a whyte 801 which I love!! got it from edinburgh bike coop, well worth a look, I know Whyte have brought out a 601 for this year in a lovely green colour, well specced for the price, i think its about £525 I know its a bit more than you want to spend but well worth a look, I think EBC do interest free finance. When you get one give me a shout & we'll go out, I tend to go round the roman lakes in Marple. Cheers Dave
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Mountain bike advice 3 years 8 months ago #5032

At that budget it's a case of trawling the classifieds. There is gumtree, pink bike, bikeradar and singletrack forums. Not a lot of bargains come up on ebay anymore.

I'm on all of the sites daily looking for my nicked bikes. Recently a couple of decent Voodoo Hoodoo bikes had come up around your price range on gumtree.

This one looks mint: www.gumtree.com/p/bicycles/voodoo-hoodoo-/1088549792 bid him £250 B)

Review here: www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/bike...doo-hoodoo-12-46194/

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Re:Mountain bike advice 3 years 8 months ago #5045

I second the Spesh Hardrock Sport Disc. I have had one for 10 years. I swapped the saddle for a Prologo, and it's on its second BB, and most of the running gear has been replaced (this year). Heavy, but if you are bike fit it's no problem. I leave casual cyclists on lighter bikes for dead. It's fine for going to Tesco on too.

New it was about £400 in 2004. Got it from NW MTB Centre nr Roscoe's Roundabout in Cheadle.

Mine red, so it is faster than ones that are lesser colours.
"Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live." - Mark Twain
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