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1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Thu Dec 27, 2012 20:26 pm

Hi, 1st post so hopefully in right place.

Id appreciate your thoughts to help me make my decision on my first MTB.
Ill be using the bike mainly for a short commute each day but I plan to use XC as a form of exercise/enjoyment at weekends. My budget is up to approx £600 which I know rules a lot out. So far Ive looked at Kona Cindercone 2012, Rockhopper 2012 (very few left) and 2013 (with 29inch wheels) no idea if these are any use to me, Ive read a few comments about 2013 Specialized being heavier framed with weaker parts than 2012 but I like bike visually (not a good way to choose a bike I know !) Ive got chance to get Rochopper Pro 2013 for £650 but its stretching my budget to then buy helmet, lock, lights etc...Ive looked at Voodoo Bokor, and Canyon Yellowstone. A Decathlon 8.1 has a good spec (to my eye) but Im not familiar with the brand. These might be better specd than I need for what Im doing with the bike but Im concious of getting as much bang for my buck :-) Im 6'2 and about 15stone so needs to be fairly sturdy (though intention is to use bike for fitness purpose as well !) Dont plan on spending more on upgrading parts if I can help it. Id love to know your opinions coz my heads battered at the moment ! So much choice !! Any thoughts appreciated ! Thanks

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby cooldad » Thu Dec 27, 2012 20:44 pm

Nothing wrong woth the Rockrider if you want bang for your buck. As good as 'brands' costing a good few hundred more.
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Re: 1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Thu Dec 27, 2012 21:42 pm

Thanks for that.

Which of those I suggested would you go for and why ?

I can see which one is making the most sense but, like with most purchases, your heart comes into it ! Particularly with something like a bike ! I really like the look of the Kona but I dont know if its worth pushing the boat out ? Cheers

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby cooldad » Thu Dec 27, 2012 21:57 pm

Easier if you post links to the bikes you're interested in - people don't memorise spec etc. If you can get a 2013 Rockhopper Pro for £650, and it fits, and it's new get it.
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Re: 1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:05 pm

Only neg side to the Rockhopper (new) is its 19" frame. I havent even sat on the bike yet (which I know sounds daft but it isnt local) Looking at sizing guides Id probably get away with it but 21" might be more ideal size ? I didnt think it would mske too much difference (2") but then again...what do I know !

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:16 pm

On my PC now rather than mobile so easier to do this !

Links to bikes I've been considering (hopefully these all work ok)

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/81-2012-id_8168918.html

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_165499

http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/kona-cin ... 67779.html

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/43401/Spe ... n=pid43401

http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes ... tml?b=3001

The 1 bike I can only get in 19" , on my budget from 2 different sources, is the Rockhopper - the others I can get in at least 20", though I could get the bog standard Rockhopper 2013 in 21" for about £540.

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby cooldad » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:29 pm

My choice would probably be the Voodoo, but it's a bit more hardcore than some of the others.
Size depends on a lot more than height - you might be a giant with stumpy legs, or vice versa. Length is as important as height.
I would sit on some and see what's comfortable.
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Re: 1st MTB

Postby cooldad » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:31 pm

And manufacturers measure differently so a 20" from one might not be the same as one from another - even different models from the same manufacturer can be different.
Just to make your life harder. Nothing like a proper test.
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Re: 1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:40 pm

OK thanks for the advice... I suspect a pop along to a few local bike shops in the offing. Then again.. I wouldn't buy a car without going to the showroom ! Let you know how I get on...

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:42 pm

Just 1 other question...

As there are sales galore on at the moment, is there a particular tool kit, or set of tools that its worth investing in ?

I currently have 1 adjustable, a set of screwdrivers....and an allen key ! Which won't get me very far I suspect...

Particular set, or brand I should look out for ?

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby cooldad » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:52 pm

This will do just about anything
http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/TOJWTK/jobsworth_tool_kit

But you can do most things with a few allen keys, so a basic multitool, a chain tool and specialised tools as and when you need them is another option.
Plus a small pump, a track pump, a shock pump if it has air forks.

That kit is a decent deal though, and you wouldn't get all the bits seperately for anywhere near that price.

Superstar are also good for random decent tools cheaply.

For what might be needed for any job, plus a lot of really useful info, the Parktools website (also very good tools) is handy - 'Read this first' in my sig.
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Re: 1st MTB

Postby DanDax1990 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 23:22 pm

I can't fault my Bokor, It's 140mm travel but I commute fine on it.

Get down to Halford and try one out if possible.

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby chez_m356 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 13:00 pm

one that you overlooked http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k1830/ ... ml?mfid=52 as long as a 20'' frame would fit
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Re: 1st MTB

Postby winter zombie » Fri Dec 28, 2012 18:08 pm

my advise would be to go to halfords and have a look at the voodoo or a boardman, both great bikes

but just remember halfords dont do test rides, they will let you sit on it but thats all.

but for the money the voodoo is great and so are the boardman bikes.

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby DanDax1990 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 18:12 pm

Also check out the Voodoo Hoodoo.

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Fri Dec 28, 2012 18:18 pm

Hi thanks for that. Just looked at this bike today, http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k1830/ ... s-300.html

How does that compare ?

I went to Halfords, tried Boardman Comp which was a lovely bike but the 19" frame was just a tad too small for me. Also looked at other Carreras but not convinced with any of them. Went to lbs, AS Cycles, and spoke to owner there, very helpful and gave lots of advice. I can get bike above for around 520 quid this month.

Now do I go for Radon team 6 (while still in stock, and pay about £100 more, but it looks great) or go Merida, I can't try the Voodoo Boker (online) but its a 19" frame & I'm thinking I need 20" for my frame.

Thoughts on Radon team 6.0, Merida Matts tfs 300, or one of my other (ever increasing) list of options ?!!??!

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby Mitchas » Mon Jan 07, 2013 22:27 pm

Just to let you know I ended up picking up a 2012 Kona Caldera ! Never mentioned it previously but really looking fwd to getting my bike this wknd. Got a great deal on it and should be good fun. Now lights ! Been looking online at MJR 872R which seem to get great reviews, but considering something more around £50 mark if there's anything out there. Thanks for all the previous advice anyway - some great food for thought !

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby FODCADEMON » Sat Jan 12, 2013 17:43 pm

I ride a Rockhopper and, frankly, it is awesome.
Just ride.

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Re: 1st MTB

Postby DanDax1990 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 19:51 pm

Mitchas wrote:Just to let you know I ended up picking up a 2012 Kona Caldera ! Never mentioned it previously but really looking fwd to getting my bike this wknd. Got a great deal on it and should be good fun. Now lights ! Been looking online at MJR 872R which seem to get great reviews, but considering something more around £50 mark if there's anything out there. Thanks for all the previous advice anyway - some great food for thought !


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Re: 1st MTB

Postby cooldad » Sat Jan 12, 2013 20:01 pm

Mitchas wrote:Just to let you know I ended up picking up a 2012 Kona Caldera ! Never mentioned it previously but really looking fwd to getting my bike this wknd. Got a great deal on it and should be good fun. Now lights ! Been looking online at MJR 872R which seem to get great reviews, but considering something more around £50 mark if there's anything out there. Thanks for all the previous advice anyway - some great food for thought !

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