My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

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Mark909
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My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby Mark909 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 20:58 pm

My girlfriends in the market for a new bike but won't spend more the £300.

What she really wants it for is some sprint triathlons she's entered but she also want it to ride to work and to go to trail centres with me. She competent on red routes and will happily ride around sherwood pines and whinlatter.

I think she's after something more xc orientated that would be okay for 14km rides on roads as well as offroad.

I was thinking she's be okay just to get a change of tyres for road stuff.

Any ideas? I was looking at specialised but I'm sure she can get more for her money.

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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby Bishbosh10 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 16:44 pm

Read the sticky thread at the top of this forum. All the info you need. :)
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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby Mark909 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:00 pm

Thanks for the help you two. I had a look at the RR 5.3 but there's only limited size availability online.

Does anyone have an opinion on the Carerra Vegeance? It's currently £299 from halfords knocked down from £450. It looks like a good deal to me!

Spec copy and pasted from website:

Lightweight 6061 alloy frame
Suntour XCM-V3 forks with 100mm travel
SRAM 24-speed gearing with SRAM X4 rear mech
Front and rear Tektro IO mechanical disc brakes
Alloy double wall rims with 26" x 2.10" Kenda tyres
SRAM chainset
SRAM trigger shifters

and link to webpage

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_810651_langId_-1_categoryId_165499#tab3

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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby Mark909 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:07 pm

Actually just looked at the RR5.3 and saw the link was to an older version which has limited size rangers. There's a newer one for £329 with more size choices.

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How does this spec compare to the Carerra Vengeance?

T4 T6 6061 aluminium frame
Rockrider XCR 100mm lockout fork by SR Suntour
9-speed SRAM X-5 shifters; Shimano C050 front derailleur; SRAM X-5 rear derailleur SRAM PC951 chain
Suntour XCM 302 22x32x42 aluminium chainset with SRAM cassette
HAYES MX5 cable disc brakes
Oversize 600mm Rockrider Handlebar by JD; Rockrider 6° oversize stem by JD. Aheadset VP A71 headset:
RIGIDA SPHINX 32-hole rims; Formula disc ready DC19/DC22 hubs; Mach1 2 mm stainless steel spokes: sealed bearing hubs and disc brake-ready. Double-walled rims are extra solid.
New Hutchinson Python tyre
Rockrider by JD seat post; new Rockrider Sport saddle
Wellgo platform pedals.
14.4 kg in size S, not including pedals
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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby MrM » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:11 pm

£279.99 currently with Web Exclusive - Save While You Shop on Bikes, Bike Accessories and Clothing

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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby Mark909 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:14 pm

MrM wrote:£279.99 currently with Web Exclusive - Save While You Shop on Bikes, Bike Accessories and Clothing


Thanks MrM. Which one do you have a link?

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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby MrM » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:17 pm

Carrera Vengeance Ladies Mountain Bike 2011/2012 - Medium 16"
Add into basket on Halfords and the discount should get subtracted

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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby Mark909 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:19 pm

Great MrM thanks for the tip!

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Re: My girlfriend wants a mtb around £300

Postby The Rookie » Tue Apr 30, 2013 05:19 am

The Carrera is OK< never worth what they claim the RRP is, the price is good, but don't look on it as a saving!


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