New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Discuss the eternal "Which fork/bike/tyres should I buy?" questions.
Benjo74
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby Benjo74 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 09:25 am

Spacedog wrote:I'm not saying its the most important thing, but it's something to keep in mind.

With cars a VW will cost more but will have a higher resale value when you sell it.... than say a Citroen.

I churn bikes every 2-3 years so is an important factor. Saying that, i am not expecting my Pivot to have a high resale value it's not a very cool brand. If it was an Ibis, yeti, Santacruz etc... It would expect to get more for it.


Fair enough, and you're right, but I'm unlikely to get an excuse to trade in again until it's a wreck, so resale isn't one of my main deciding factors. I reckon I'm 99% there on the Canyon 7.9 now. I just need to be able to sell my current bike to get away with it. I hate e-bay, but looks like that's the only practical option. Just hope its worth enough to bring my layout on the Canyon to less than a grand!

Erm, anyone want to buy a nice Gary Fisher Cake 3? Will accept trade in for brand new Canyon... :lol:

Tally Ho
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby Tally Ho » Fri Feb 08, 2013 14:47 pm

Merlincycles.com are updating their entire MTB range supposedly due around the beginning of March 2013. If the new bikes are quality... and they still offer their custom spec they might be a good punt for your money.

Benjo74
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby Benjo74 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 22:34 pm

One last alternative in the mix. LBS has offered me one of these:
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... 0#features
For £1020 and offered me £230 trade in for my old FS. That means an £790 layout for the carve comp 29er.

Can anyone tell me whether the carve above is as good, better or worse than the Canyon 7.9 below
https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbike ... tml?b=3013

I'm not getting it from Evans, but their website shows the full spec. Between the two, I'm not bothered now about the price difference, I just wonder what is the better bike.

Thanks for your patience and advice!
FCN: 3 on the singlespeed, 4 on the roadie.

Benjo74
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby Benjo74 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 22:35 pm

One last alternative in the mix. LBS has offered me one of these:
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... 0#features
For £1020 and offered me £230 trade in for my old FS. That means an £790 layout for the carve comp 29er.

Can anyone tell me whether the carve above is as good, better or worse than the Canyon 7.9 below
https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbike ... tml?b=3013

I'm not getting it from Evans, but their website shows the full spec. Between the two, I'm not bothered now about the price difference, I just wonder what is the better bike.

Thanks for your patience and advice!
FCN: 3 on the singlespeed, 4 on the roadie.

LJ.
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby LJ. » Sat Feb 09, 2013 01:41 am

The Canyon is in a different class, not even close

Barrelmaker
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby Barrelmaker » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:24 am

No contest between the Canyon and the Specialized. Canyon wins hands down.

Benjo74
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby Benjo74 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 23:31 pm

OK, I'm ready to pull the trigger on a Grand Canyon AL 7.9 29er. Thanks everyone for the advice, and one last question...

A lot of the (few and far between) complaints in the reviews / comments I've seen say that there are problems with the paintwork chipping too easily or even peeling off. I know I'm going to fall off and scratch it, but when shelling out a grand for a new bike I suppose I want it to look good, at least until the scars are my own. While I have never fancied a white bike (reminds me of those MTBs you see policemen riding in London) I really like the look of the white Canyons with the blue bits. The alternative is the anodised black and white version, which might be better wearing, even if it does look a little less flash. Although the "anodised = less scratchable" thing might just be in my head.

Can anyone share their experience and recommendations?

Thanks
Ben
FCN: 3 on the singlespeed, 4 on the roadie.

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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby supersonic » Mon Feb 11, 2013 23:36 pm

Anodised is generally tougher, and also lighter.

Benjo74
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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby Benjo74 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:50 am

Had a look and a quick ride on a Grand Canyon AL9.9 on Tuesday night (someone on a club ride has one) and decided to go for it (going for the 7.9 though, bit cheaper but same frame).

Sat down at work yesterday, logged onto Canyon and filled in the order. Reached for bag, pulled out wallet.... Credit Card left at home! Disaster! However, very excited to report that I remembered the CC this morning and I have just pulled the trigger on this:
https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbike ... tml?b=3013

Can't wait for it to arrive now - sat here hitting "refresh" on my email, looking for the tracking number. WooHoo!

Thanks to everyone for the advice, help and opinions - I really appreciate it.
FCN: 3 on the singlespeed, 4 on the roadie.

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Re: New hardtail, £1,000 ish

Postby paulneenan76 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 15:37 pm

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