Vulcan v Rockrider

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Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby r1c1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:00 pm

Hi Again,

Off to Halfords later to check out Carrera Vulcan (£379) then Decathlon for Rockrider 5.3(£299)

I like the look of both bikes and they're around my buget (£300)

Both seem to have everything I (think I) need but the specs confuse me.

Does anyone have any input on which would be the better bike. I know the 5.3 is mentioned in the sticky but wondered if it is better than the Vulcan.

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby supersonic » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:04 pm

The main difference is that the Vulcan has hydraulic disc brakes - but the 5.3 gets a better fork and drivetrain.

Why not look at the Rockrider 8.0? This gets an upgrade to hydro brakes.

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby r1c1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:08 pm

Hi

The 8.1 is more than I can spend at moment. I didn't even notice that the 5.3 had cable operate disc brakes.
Thanks for pointing it out. Any other suggestions around 300 or would I be better just going with Vulcan?

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby chez_m356 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:13 pm

the 8.0 is only £40 more than the vulcan http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-80-id_8206681.html £399 for the 8.0 v £359 for the vulcan
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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby r1c1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:18 pm

I was looking at 8.1. Didn't notice 8.0. Don't think my local shop has that one in stock but I'll check later today.
Any input on Vulcan or is Rockrider better?

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby LJ. » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:19 pm

I don't think much of the 8.0 compared to the others. If you buy from halfords order it online and collect because they have a deal on, you could get the Voodoo Hoodoo for £435. I like the Vulcan though

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby r1c1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:25 pm

lol. Just asked kids and they liked Vulcan. Thought about Hoodoo, it gets good reviews but slightly more money and not keen on colour. Vulcan looking good so far........

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby chez_m356 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 14:29 pm

r1c1 wrote:lol. Just asked kids and they liked Vulcan. Thought about Hoodoo, it gets good reviews but slightly more money and not keen on colour. Vulcan looking good so far........

is a nice looking bike, this guy has one viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12878757&hilit=vulcan
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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby r1c1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 21:36 pm

Update - Went to Halfords to check out Vulcan. Didn't have display model and staff not keen to bring bike through from warehouse...........so back home again without a bike.

1 more question,
Is there anything wrong with the specialized hardrock disc? Looks good and I thought the company were good.

Thanks again

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby supersonic » Sat Sep 29, 2012 21:45 pm

Everything apart from the frame. For the money they are awful, crap fork, low rent parts.

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby mcnultycop » Sat Sep 29, 2012 21:47 pm

At that price point Decathlon and Halfords bikes offer much better specs than the bigger "name" brands, the fork in particular on the Hardrock is poor, but generally the others you are looking at offer better spec throughout.

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby r1c1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 21:53 pm

Thanks. Was just curious as ads in magazines always show these and GT's etc at around 400 mark.

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby The Rookie » Sat Sep 29, 2012 22:25 pm

The only thing your paying for is the name, otherwise they are hopelessly un imperative, stick to the mass brands.

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Re: Vulcan v Rockrider

Postby r1c1 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 16:32 pm

Finally bought a bike. Went for Carrera Vulcan from Halfords. Chose not to let them build it. Got bike for £ 330. Only been out on it a couple of times so far but feels great. Feels a lot lighter than my old 80's mountain bike and steers a lot quicker. Thanks for all help.


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