Mountain Bikes

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?!

Comments

  • Budget ? Hardtail or full suss ? Type of riding you'll be doing ?
  • 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!!!
  • 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.  

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

  • 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! 

  • 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.

     

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • TheEngineer wrote (see)
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/felt-q620-2012/

    Any good? image

    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.

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

  • Okay well I plumped for the Q720! image

    Now who wants my cherry? image

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

  • 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  image

  • Cool! Well I just plumped for shoes and pedals too. And a headlight. What have I done?!
  • Not sure if I'm daaaarn saaaaarf or ooooop norf then. Will have a looksee! image
  • You'll enjoy it. My 620 has been well worth it. Except I've had more offs since August than in 15 years of tri racing & training image. Certainly been worthwhile the last few weeks when we've had icy starts, so I've been out on the mountains on the Felt rather than risking the ice on the roads. Been great finding new trails over our local hills, that were too far to run over.

  • Cpt.Jack sparra wrote (see)
    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

    Yeah. I got a Kraken SE secondhand for £170 about 6 years ago. Think it was about £600 new at the time. Have ridden it into the ground and commuted through two winters and the only thing it's ever needed was new crank bearings and a gear selector thingy replacing. Still going on the original tyres which seem to be pretty much indestructible.

  • TE - you bought an MTB online without even trying it??

    oh dear. hope you made the right decision

  • What's the worst that can happen?image

  • Well, if you are REALLY unlucky, it might not match your eyes dear....image

  • Dustboy wrote (see)

    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! 

    Says the man with the 'bottom'!!  imageimage

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