£850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:04 am

The Blitz is a greart bargain, but not necesarily the greatest bike on offer for WZ, for what he describes I'd take the KHS, if he thinks he may step it up a bit to something a bit rougher, then the Boardman.

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby winter zombie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:35 am

id like to put this into the mix, and id like your advise
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canyon-Nerve- ... 1e72f85506

is this canyon nerve am 6.0 as good or better than the blitz 1 / moardman team spec wise ???

depending on what you guys say i may make a offer.

so far the boardman team still seams a great buy, i realy dident think it would be this hard picking a bike.

my main problem is because i carnt try any of them, i just hate buying something like this spending every single penny i have only on other peoples views. i wont ever have 850 again to spend on a bike so its a big deal to me,i need to get it right. AAAAaaaaaaHHHhhhhhhh :evil:

thanks again, you are being a great help. when i do pick a bike i will show it all clean and on a ride out geting dirty :)

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby mcnultycop » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:42 am

You could get the new version of that from Canyon for less than he is asking for a second hand one.

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby chrisw333 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:47 am

Look, do you want full suss? From the pics of what you ride you don't need it at the moment but do you want it for the future?

If yes, then the Vitus is bloody great value and brand new. Canyons are excellent bikes too and you wont go wrong with that if it is in good nick - you take a risk there - no warranty etc. If they were both brand new I'd take the Canyon.

If you don't, you've quoted a whole heap of HT bikes that will be brilliant. Just go and buy one. For my money the Boardman, but the others good too. Just buy one.

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby supersonic » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:18 pm

It's very light for the money, but over your budget?

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby chez_m356 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 13:21 pm

mcnultycop wrote:You could get the new version of that from Canyon for less than he is asking for a second hand one.

no you couldn'tthat will be closer to a £1000 with p&p, and they are almost sold out
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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby winter zombie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 19:09 pm

well hopefully i will get some more views over the weekend as i want to buy my bike monday-tuesday.

in still interested in the KHS Alite 2000sl or the cheaper Alite 2000 (as its the same frame just lower spec and £300 cheaper) or Boardman Team, Vitus Blitz 1

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby mattzzzzzz » Sat Oct 06, 2012 04:31 am

Well the Vitus 18 inch has gone so unless the 20 fits thats out

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby winter zombie » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:51 pm

well its late saturday night and no more views or options ! come on guys.

it dose seem like the blitz 1 is now out of stock :(( so its now down to a boardman team or a khs alite/alite2000sl ????

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby J_asonR » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:28 pm

I've always liked Boardman so I'd go for that one! Sorry I can't add any other options into the equation, but just to let you know, the Boardman will be my next bike too ;)

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby winter zombie » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:31 pm

J_asonR wrote:I've always liked Boardman so I'd go for that one! Sorry I can't add any other options into the equation, but just to let you know, the Boardman will be my next bike too ;)


what boardman are you geting ??

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby J_asonR » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:47 pm

Either the Hardtail Boardman Team 2011/12 Large, or the Pro version depending on what my budgets looking like at the time of purchase!

Just watched the videos of them and the specs on Boardmans, to me, look way above anything else I've looked at!

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby winter zombie » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:14 pm

quick question if any of can help

ive just been offered a Giant Anthem x4 last years model (2011) for £750 !

ive look at reviews and they say its a good bike, anybody have one or tryed one ?????? is it good for the cash ???

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby NobleSX » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:40 pm

I had a budget of £1100 and settled on the Boardman Team 2012 Medium.
A great bike and reasonably lightweight.
I test rode near a dozen bikes, some of which are on your list. They were all good offerings with subjective things like seats, handlebars and toptube length making them more or less compliant to me.

The Boardman Team has an unparalleled kit specification for the money. I got it for under £780 recently in their web sale. I had the money in my pocket to spend much more but the frame and spec won me over. I now have change to upgrade anything I feel needs upgrading.

Mine came with Recon Gold air shocks and full SRAM X7 kit throughout. The sum of those parts are almost worth more than I paid. I've also heard the Gold Recon is a very good middle-market fork.

The warning I'll give you is that Halford technicians are very hit/miss in workmanship quality. I went into the purchase knowing that I'd probably need to cast my own eye over everything and 'tidy up'.
For example, the Elixir 3 front brake hadn't been bled properly with the lever travel almost to the grips to fully stop. The brake calipers I suspect were not fitted properly either as there is a slight drag when spinning the wheels. But worse of all is a very simple thing - the handle bars weren't properly straight. Like I suggested earlier, your experience may vary and be perfect, but for me the cost savings and sheer value for money was too good to miss despite the poor assembly. The Boardman Team has won quite a few awards too which gave me more confidence in the product. Halfords is also a large chain giving me the option to take the bike to a more experienced nearby store should a potential problem crop up.

(FYI, if it's of any use to you, the bikes that made it to my shortlist were: Whyte 805, Commencal Super 4.3, Vitus Blitz, Ghost ASX 5500) (My long list had the above plus: Whyte 901, Commencal SuperNormal 2.29, Ghost RT Lector, KHS Alite 2000SL, Specialized Carve Comp 29, Gaint Anthem 2012, Scott Scale 29 and more than a few Lapierre of both the 26" and 29" variety).

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby NobleSX » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:43 pm

For me, when I sat on the Giant Anthem x3 2012 18", it just didn't feel right. I felt too stretched and tall on it despite te other bikes being larger at 19".

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby supersonic » Sat Oct 06, 2012 23:04 pm

Brakes have to bed in - often the lever travel self adjusts after riding them for a while, and the rub stops. There are instructions with avids on how to advance the pads to firm lever travel if the bed in does not self adjust them.

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby winter zombie » Sun Oct 07, 2012 00:52 am

NobleSX wrote:I had a budget of £1100 and settled on the Boardman Team 2012 Medium.
A great bike and reasonably lightweight.
I test rode near a dozen bikes, some of which are on your list. They were all good offerings with subjective things like seats, handlebars and toptube length making them more or less compliant to me.

The Boardman Team has an unparalleled kit specification for the money. I got it for under £780 recently in their web sale. I had the money in my pocket to spend much more but the frame and spec won me over. I now have change to upgrade anything I feel needs upgrading.

Mine came with Recon Gold air shocks and full SRAM X7 kit throughout. The sum of those parts are almost worth more than I paid. I've also heard the Gold Recon is a very good middle-market fork.

The warning I'll give you is that Halford technicians are very hit/miss in workmanship quality. I went into the purchase knowing that I'd probably need to cast my own eye over everything and 'tidy up'.
For example, the Elixir 3 front brake hadn't been bled properly with the lever travel almost to the grips to fully stop. The brake calipers I suspect were not fitted properly either as there is a slight drag when spinning the wheels. But worse of all is a very simple thing - the handle bars weren't properly straight. Like I suggested earlier, your experience may vary and be perfect, but for me the cost savings and sheer value for money was too good to miss despite the poor assembly. The Boardman Team has won quite a few awards too which gave me more confidence in the product. Halfords is also a large chain giving me the option to take the bike to a more experienced nearby store should a potential problem crop up.

(FYI, if it's of any use to you, the bikes that made it to my shortlist were: Whyte 805, Commencal Super 4.3, Vitus Blitz, Ghost ASX 5500) (My long list had the above plus: Whyte 901, Commencal SuperNormal 2.29, Ghost RT Lector, KHS Alite 2000SL, Specialized Carve Comp 29, Gaint Anthem 2012, Scott Scale 29 and more than a few Lapierre of both the 26" and 29" variety).


thank you very much, thats some of the best advise i have had. im 90% wanting a boardman team but the monkeys at halfords do put me off, and because i know nothing about disk breaks or how to set them up or adjust them it dose put me of even more, i do have 2 mountain bike shops near me but even the basic stuff like break bleeding is £20+, they charge £5 just to use the hose to wash your bike Lol

but thank you very much i will keep in mind what you have said. A++ :)

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby HenryTheHoover » Sun Oct 07, 2012 09:29 am

I have the ridgid forked version of the Team mtb. Dont be too put off by halfords. When I went to pick it up they had not got round to getting it ready in time so I waited and watched them unbox it etc. All they do effectively is stick the wheels on it, turn the handlebars the right way and check the indexing on the gears. Some posts I have read on forums seem to imply they literally build the bikes up which simply isn't true.

You get a free service thrown in af ter 6 weeks or so but So far I havent been bothered to take mine back.

Obviously the gears have gone out of whack since due to cable stretch but apart from that It has been absolutely fine. I just googled a vid on setting up 2 x 10 Sram gear indexing. It was hardly different really to setting up shimano stuff from nearly 10 years ago which I already knew.

P.s. dont forget to get some heli tape before you get the bike. I did and regret it.....
P.p.s. In regards to the brakes, mine have been totally fine for 6 months in regards to bleeding but some people say otherwise for avid elixir3's. I have had to readjust the front brake due to it catching on the rotor a couple of times.It is a little bit fiddly but basically you make sure your wheel is properly located in the forks. Loose off the bolts that hold the brake unit on a bit until it can move around slightly. Then the fiddly bit. I read you just hold on the front brake lever to clamp the pads onto the rotor then retighten the bolts but in practice I have found you have to also adjust it by eye first to make sure it is square and then hold onto the brake and tighten. Oh and a bit of disk brake cleaner helps as one of my pads wasn't retracting quite as far as I liked but it was just a build up of gunk.

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Re: £850 Budget Help Me Pick A Bike (Advise Needed)

Postby felix.london » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:36 am

Personally I wouldn't look any further than that Radon (ZR Team 7.0) It has £400 set of forks on it

http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k1830/a58206/zr-team-7-0.html?mfid=52
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