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Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by daven1986, 14 Aug 2006.

  1. daven1986

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    hi guys, i have been looking to get a new bike and have found one for a reasonable price

    http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1442.html

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5834

    the differences are the price and the gear shifters from what i can see, but i'd like confirmation on this and also what are "E.Z Fire" shifters like to use?

    Would this bike be a good purchase for general use, and would the gears be reliable (my current bike has poor gears).

    thanks

    daven
     
  2. Raymond Lin

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    Pretty entry level stuff, but if I am going to spent money on that spec, i'd get this instead

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5267

    Be prepare to increase your budget :p

    I started with a £250, ended up with spending £750 on a £1350 bike!
     
  3. Youstolemyname

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    Get a Specialized Hardrock if you can afford an extra few quid. You can pick up a 2005 model for 250. I got a 2005 Hardrock Sport for 225 from here:

    http://www.bikebike.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b0s2p306


    It is a great entry level bike. Quite a short top tube though so if you are a tall bloke you may find the riding position uncomfy. Best thing to do is to go to your local bike shop have a few test rides and find what fits then order on the net.
     
  4. daven1986

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  5. Raymond Lin

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    Bike last as long as you take good care of them and also depends what kind of trails you go to. For road and stuff they'll last a while, but give it to wescott and he'll break it round the first jump.

    eeek..at those bikes.

    Stay away from full suspension unless you have £700/800, that's when they start to get acceptble (cheaper than that, unless from discount, i'd stick to a hardtail), cheap suspension bikes are awful. Since there are more parts = heavier and more to go wrong, so cheap = bad for full sussers.

    As for Disc brakes, V-brakes are better than cable disc brakes actually. Unless you invest in Hydralic disc brakes then it is a different kettle of fish.

    I still think Youstolemyname's suggestion that a Specialized Hardrock is your best bet.
     
  6. daven1986

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    thanks for the advice, i think i'll go to a bike shop and try them out.

    thanks

    daven
     
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  8. ricky1981

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  9. Raymond Lin

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  10. ricky1981

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    Location: New Zealand

    At the moment I've found:

    Giant XTC SE - £425
    Specialized Rockhopper Disc - £550
    Giant Trance 4 with Hayes Disc (above) £630

    So really trying to work out which is the best deal, I will be using it everday for cycling to work (flat all the way) and also want to do some off-roading but nothing that is likely to be too hardcore (marlow isnt all that well known for its mountains).
     
  11. Raymond Lin

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    In that case, i'd go with the Rockhopper disc.
     
  12. ricky1981

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    Now been offered GIANT XTC SX 06 for £560???

    Too many options, either way I'm going to buy one tomorrow, going to end up tossing a coin to decide I think :)
     
  13. Raymond Lin

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    That's the 2 bike i was deciding in between...........they are both excellent and good as each other, i think the Giant has a slightly better forks but the Rockhopper has Avid Juicy brakes. Have a ride of them both, and choose one, they are both as good as each other.
     
  14. Thumpsta

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    Great advice. If you can ride one at a shop. Then go web and buy one probably cheaper that the shop one, or play the shop off against the web price.

    With my last 3 bikes i went to the shop with an idea of what to buy but after riding demo bikes i changed my mind. I'd like to think it wasn't just sales speak :)

    T
     
  15. Raymond Lin

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    Same, i so wanted a Giant XTC, but tried on the rockhopper and then loved it. Then they sold out and found my Giant Trance bargain.
     
  16. ricky1981

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    Found a local place that would do the Rockhopper Disc for £585 and felt it was worth the extra to have somewhere I can actually go to if I have any problems, need advice, etc.

    Getting it on Saturday! Can't wait :D
     
  17. Raymond Lin

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    What colour you getting it at? :D