What bike for a comeback?

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mattfinch
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What bike for a comeback?

Postby mattfinch » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:09 am

So after about 3 years out of the saddle (various reasons) I am looking to get back into riding again.

I used to have a hardtail GT which was cheap but cheerful, and was always bought with the intention of it being a lead into a more expensive / better spec bike in the future (just didnt realise there would be a 3 year gap!)

I enjoy XC riding to an extent, but I'm not really a long hauler, I look forward to the downhill sections and dread the climbs (don't we all!). So I was thinking of some kind of full sus / freeride cross over bike to suit this style of riding.

I don't think a full downhill rig is for me, but it might be something I build up to. I simply can't see me hitting much over 4ft (drop wise) for a long time, if ever.

At a reasonably lardy 17st (6ft) i'd need something strong but not too heavy. Something that I can whip around the downhill sections, hit a few jumps, but not really a big hitter or dropper.

Budget is around £1k but flexible, and I'd be more than happy with second hand as I think it is generally very good value to do so. Budget is less of a concern than finding the right bike to get me back in the saddle.

Help, advice and guidance is appreciated!

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby The Rookie » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:29 am

Hmmm so you want an all mountain rig for sub £1K....

Carrera Banshee X is the only one that seems to fit, very tough, better than many expect but it is heavy and no XC ride, or uphill thrasher, but as a junior AM/DH bike it is remarkably capable.

If you're prepared to back off the spec to a trail rig though you'll open your options a lot.

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:54 am

You won't get a new bike for what you want at that price. Have a look for a pre 2010 used Giant Reign X.

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby mattfinch » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:33 pm

Thanks guys, as I said in the OP, second hand is more than fine, infact i prefer it.

Trail is fine if it suits my need. As I said, I dont think a full, hard hitting DH bike is what I need either. Its the middle ground of toughness with lightness and decent travel that will get me around the whippy downhill sections, a few small jumps, but not a slog on the uphills.

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby The Rookie » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:50 pm

Used would be better, but first you want to narrow down what you really want a bit, from what you say around 150-160mm travel would be needed.

there are a lot of options at that travel, but I'd steer clear of the more 'continental style' bikes as they tend to blow through travel on UK style riding, although some are good (Lapierre's for example)

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby mattfinch » Mon Jan 21, 2013 14:00 pm

Thanks.

Sorry, what do you mean by continental?

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby The Rookie » Mon Jan 21, 2013 22:03 pm

Some of the continental bikes are set up for the more central European XC style riding and as such tend to either lack small bump sensitivity, or soften them off and they blow through all the travel rather too easily, common complaint levelled at Cubes for example.

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby b_real » Mon Jan 21, 2013 22:58 pm

Does that apply to Canyons as well?
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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Jan 22, 2013 08:35 am

The Beginner wrote:Some of the continental bikes are set up for the more central European XC style riding and as such tend to either lack small bump sensitivity, or soften them off and they blow through all the travel rather too easily, common complaint levelled at Cubes for example.


But you will get this problem with any bike which has poor quality forks or shock. My old 2011 Giant Reign X2 was terrible until I had the shock Push tuned and fitted a Mission Control DH damper in the forks.

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby The Rookie » Tue Jan 22, 2013 13:00 pm

Maybe, but linkage rising rate (or falling rate on 'badly designed' ones) and can size also have an effect even if you have top components.....

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby anj132 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 14:57 pm

what about ER1 at £900

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby jairaj » Tue Jan 22, 2013 15:03 pm

On One 456 with Rock Shox Sector or Revelation forks would fit the bill.

The frame is pretty cheap even first hand and both the forks are quite common and good performers so might be able to find some on ebay or here in the Classifieds.

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby MarkLG » Tue Jan 22, 2013 21:11 pm

If you're after a full suss then you should be able to pick up a decent aluminium framed Specialized Enduro for under £1000 on the used market. Fairly light, climb well and very capable on the downhills.

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Re: What bike for a comeback?

Postby hainman » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:34 am

My mate has just sold his mint spesh stumpy on ebay for 900,fox front forks which can be adjusted to 100-120-140 travel.
Im actually gutted i didnt have the cash or i would have taken it in a heartbeat,some real bargains to be had....
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