Which bike £500-£750?

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Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisrs2292 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 22:20 pm

Hi all,

I'm looking to get into mtb riding after a few years out from bmx'ing and would appreciate feedback on a hardtail for £500-£750

The bikes I've been looking at are:

Merlin Malt 3
http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/b ... -bike.html

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

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

Any thoughts on these three would be appreciated, but feel free to recommend others :)

Chris

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby supersonic » Tue Feb 19, 2013 22:38 pm

All excellent bikes: the Bokor is suited to harder riding, the Malt is rather racier, while the Fury sits somewhere in the middle.

What will your riding entail?

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chez_m356 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 22:46 pm

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisrs2292 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 13:00 pm

I will mostly be riding roads and light trails I think, not planning anything particularly hard at this stage anyway, I haven't rode a bike at all for a good few years :) Hopefully I'll get to some proper trails at some point.

Thanks for the other recommendations as well, more options to consider :)

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby wmorgs » Wed Feb 20, 2013 20:50 pm

I love my Zesty514, but gotta say the Fury 2012 still very good bike and used it 1st time and ages and you forget how good it is :lol:

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisrs2292 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:35 pm

Well the Merlin is out of stock, and with it being in the end of season sale not sure if it will be back (or as cheap) so I think it is really between the VooDoo Bokor, Carrera Fury, the Pinnacle Jarah 5 (thanks Chez) and also the Kona Fire Mountain - http://www.evanscycles.com/products/kon ... 8#features

I've read good things about the Fury but haven't really seen much about the other 3, so which would you choose? :)

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:43 pm

I would go for that Cube from Pauls Cycles. Looks like very good value.

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisrs2292 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:26 pm

My only concern with the Cube really is frame size, nobody stocks them locally so it will end off being a bit of a guestimate =/ I am by no means a giant at 5'8" but i'd imagine it would be the 18" or 20" frame, just not sure which =/

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby ElliesDad » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:36 pm

Have a look at the Boardman Comp HT in Halfords for £650. Its what I started on, light excellent spec and handles trails with ease.
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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisw333 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 19:30 pm

chrisrs2292 wrote:My only concern with the Cube really is frame size, nobody stocks them locally so it will end off being a bit of a guestimate =/ I am by no means a giant at 5'8" but i'd imagine it would be the 18" or 20" frame, just not sure which =/


Well it definitely won't be 20 and 18 may well be too big for you too. If you are that unfamiliar with sizing I'd strongly recommend buying from a shop. Remember mountain bike fit tends to be a lot smaller than you may think, to give more manoeuvreability on the bike

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Feb 22, 2013 21:27 pm

I'm 5'10" and ride a 16"....

Look at it logically, 5'8" is below average height so why would you want a medium or large? 16" sounds right.

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisrs2292 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 22:05 pm

Yeah that number came from a different company :roll: looking at the Cube sizes you're totally right at 16" based off my height

It's between the Cube for £750 and the Boardman for £580 (get some discount at Halfords through work) so really it comes down to do you think the Cube is £170 better than the Boardman?

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisw333 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 22:51 pm

Yes I think it is in terms of spec. The only thing is the Boardman has 120mm of travel, so it a little more 'trail' than xc oriented, which appeals to me. But bang for buck wise the Cube looks great.

You could look at the Boardman Team, which with your discount would prob be in budget. The Cube is still the better spec though.

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chez_m356 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 00:26 am

is this a cyclescheme purchase ? if yes, then you may have a problem with the cube
    DUE TO EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER CYCLESCHEME PURCHASE ON THIS BIKE IN THE 16, 18 OR 20" SIZES

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisrs2292 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:05 am

Nah it's not a cycle scheme, I just get a 10% discount from Halfords through work

In regards to the Boardman Team you're right, I could actually get it for the same price as the Cube after postage is taken into account.

I'm definitely leaning towards the Cube though, even with 100mm travel I'm sure it will manage what I will use it for, and the hardest trail I can see myself doing in the near future is Hamsterley Red

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chez_m356 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:07 am

chrisrs2292 wrote:Nah it's not a cycle scheme, I just get a 10% discount from Halfords through work

In regards to the Boardman Team you're right, I could actually get it for the same price as the Cube after postage is taken into account.

I'm definitely leaning towards the Cube though, even with 100mm travel I'm sure it will manage what I will use it for, and the hardest trail I can see myself doing in the near future is Hamsterley Red

it was the cube from paulscycles i was referring to
    DUE TO EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER CYCLESCHEME PURCHASE ON THIS BIKE IN THE 16, 18 OR 20" SIZES

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Re: Which bike £500-£750?

Postby chrisrs2292 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:15 am

Yeah I just assumed you thought the Halfords discount was for cyclescheme and was gonna do the same for the Cube :)


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