Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

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Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby mickisup » Thu Oct 04, 2012 20:07 pm

Teenagers are growing fast...and money is tight. I need to find both reasonably light used hardtails that won't break the bank but will be decent options given a couple of decent tyres and a clean up. Any bikes 5-7 years old that were good specs and won't weight a tonne that I can look out for on forums and eBay, ideally in 15" or 16" frame. Thanks

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby cooldad » Thu Oct 04, 2012 20:33 pm

Depends what will break the bank.
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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby mickisup » Thu Oct 04, 2012 21:22 pm

£150-£200 each

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby Myster101 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 21:44 pm

I ran a GT Avalanche 1.0 for a bit and was a great hardtail. Maybe not the best components but the frame was excellent and bomb proof. Can be picked up for next to nothing, but go for the 1.0.
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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby mickisup » Thu Oct 04, 2012 21:56 pm

Cheers, will have a look, do recall how heavy it was? Mind you are comparing to an Apollo XC26 so I am hoping it must be a bit lighter!

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 04:59 am

Look out for Shoguns, bridge the gap between BSOs and better known names, reasonably spec ed and fairly light, used about £30-50.

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby spankwilder » Fri Oct 05, 2012 07:46 am

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Giant-Revel-B ... 500wt_1156

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Giant-Mountai ... 500wt_1203

best offer option on the womens, I'm sure the other is a revel 1 2012 so likely to go just over £200. For £200 though, Halfords should be removing those RRP's soon and doing some 'upto 50% of Carrera bikes' promo for christmas, PDI them yourself and they shouldn't fall apart.

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby chrisw333 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 08:08 am

You could probably get a c2008 Rockhopper for that sort of money. They were good pretty well specced bikes back then. My old 08 disc had deore kit, avid juicy brakes, Rockshox tora forks (coil)

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby felix.london » Fri Oct 05, 2012 08:22 am

chrisw333 wrote:You could probably get a c2008 Rockhopper for that sort of money. They were good pretty well specced bikes back then. My old 08 disc had deore kit, avid juicy brakes, Rockshox tora forks (coil)


This ^

I'd be looking at an '08 or even '07 Rockhopper. My '06 is still going strong. Use the frame for 80% of my Alpine riding and all the original components are still spot on albeit on a different frame now.
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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby Bartimaeus » Fri Oct 05, 2012 09:09 am

mickisup wrote:Cheers, will have a look, do recall how heavy it was? Mind you are comparing to an Apollo XC26 so I am hoping it must be a bit lighter!

Mine is just over 30lbs.... maybe 31? Cost me £235 - see my sig. It has been a great bike - doesn't *feel* heavy, but neither does it feel flimsy... very solid and reliable, and it's easy and fun to ride. Mine's done over 1,000 miles since I got it in February - I've spent a few quid on oil to service the fork, a couple of quid on replacing the headset bearings and I have a £13 replacement bottom bracket ready as that needs to be replaced - not bad given the riding conditions this year. I also needed a new wheel - but I think that's a comment on my riding!

EDIT: When I got this I was trawling for Avalanches and Rockhoppers. Both seem to me to be great bikes - fun to ride, last ages, and worth fixing up.

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby Bartimaeus » Sat Oct 06, 2012 19:12 pm

GT Avalanche 1.0 (modified a bit) - 31.15 lbs with pedals (size L)

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby The Spiderman » Sat Oct 06, 2012 19:53 pm

Giant XTCs of 5-6 years old are light,reasonably priced and plentiful.

My 2006 model is still great to ride and built up with XT bits weighs less than 25lbs.

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Re: Recommend me some cheap used hardtails

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:45 pm

felix.london wrote:
chrisw333 wrote:You could probably get a c2008 Rockhopper for that sort of money. They were good pretty well specced bikes back then. My old 08 disc had deore kit, avid juicy brakes, Rockshox tora forks (coil)


This ^

I'd be looking at an '08 or even '07 Rockhopper. My '06 is still going strong. Use the frame for 80% of my Alpine riding and all the original components are still spot on albeit on a different frame now.


Again, this ^

Just bought this exact bike (07 Rockhopper comp) for under £200 (link in my sig). For the money, can't fault it at all. I've got road tyres on it at the moment, but I'll be throwing some MTB tyres on there in winter and using it for XC too.


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