Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice?

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Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice?

Postby Donaldissimo » Fri Mar 29, 2013 23:25 pm

Hi All,

Yet another newbie after advice. Looking for a bike for my 10 year old. 14" frame seems to suit him well. I'm thinking of getting a 2012 Diamondback Overdrive, Rockrider 5.2 (based purely on enthusiasm on this forum - do you guys all have shares in Decathlon?!) or a second hand Specialized Hardrock. Best of these? Anything else I should consider?

Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.

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Re: Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice

Postby supersonic » Sat Mar 30, 2013 00:54 am

The Rockrider ;-)

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Re: Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice

Postby The Rookie » Sat Mar 30, 2013 07:00 am

For £200 there is a lot of 'pre-loved' choice, a Lardrock wouldn't be at the top of my list though!

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Re: Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice

Postby mcnultycop » Sat Mar 30, 2013 08:56 am

I bought my little girl the Rockrider 5.2 Junior (24" wheeled one). It is brilliant for the cash, and the smaller adult versions look as good.

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Re: Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice

Postby Donaldissimo » Sat Mar 30, 2013 13:52 pm

Thanks for the advice, forumites. Any views on the Diamondback? And any drawbacks with the Rockrider?

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Re: Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice

Postby supersonic » Sat Mar 30, 2013 16:36 pm

The Diamond back has low quality 7 speed gear set, and a very bad fork. Compared to the 8 speed freehub based kit on the RR, and a better suspension unit.

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Re: Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice

Postby Donaldissimo » Sat Mar 30, 2013 20:23 pm

OK. Sounds as if the RR is favourite. There are 2 RR 5.2's on the Decathlon website - presumably the 2012 model is the cheaper one (£199, rather than £229). Any reason not to go for the cheaper one?

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Re: Hardtail - 13/14" frame, 26" wheels around £200 - advice

Postby cooldad » Sat Mar 30, 2013 21:13 pm

The more expensive one has a better fork and cable disc up front instead of V brake. Probably worth the extra - but SS is the expert on budget forks.
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