£700 budget on a downhill bike

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£700 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Munch101 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 23:46 pm

Hello, I am after a decent bike to start riding Downhill with!
I have a budget of around £400 and don't mind buying 2nd or 3rd hand!
What would you all recommend for me? I have seen a lot of Kona stinkys and the odd Specialized bighit around, but not sure whether i'd be getting enough bang for my buck, so some years/models to look out for would be helpful!

Now £700 budget! GIVE ME BIKE RECOMMENDATIONS!
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby The Rookie » Mon Jun 24, 2013 07:53 am

We could recommend lots of bikes, but will they be available?

Better bet is to find some you are interested in, local (so you can view) and ask advice.

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby felix.london » Mon Jun 24, 2013 08:13 am

impossible to recommend used bikes really as no one knows what's out there and what condition they'll be in if they are out there. A Big Hit might be a good call though as there seem to be lots of used ones about so more choice.
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby .blitz » Mon Jun 24, 2013 08:21 am

Big Hits and Stinkys seem to be a popular used choice but for £400 you're going to have to look very closely to find one that isn't going to explode on the first run.

Check for cracks in the stress areas of the frame and dents. Check all suspension pivot bearings, bottom bracket, headset play/bearings, wheel bearings, wear on cassette and chainrings, discs for scuffing and wear, rims for dents and buckles, mech indexing and fork seals for signs of oil seepage

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Munch101 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 08:56 am

I work at Halfrauds and have some mates that are sponsored riders for some decent teams so I have the access to people and resources to keeping a dying bike alive, can easily get new parts :)

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Pesky Jones » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:24 am

You can still find cracking deals on stinkys within your budget. Id go stinky over bighit. Keep an eye out

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Huckfinn » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:53 pm

A few bikes on Pinkbike within budget

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby welshkev » Mon Jun 24, 2013 13:03 pm

Pesky Jones wrote:You can still find cracking deals on stinkys within your budget. Id go stinky over bighit. Keep an eye out


depends what year big hit. my 2010 is a great starter dh bike. but I doubt you'd get one for £400
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Northwind » Mon Jun 24, 2013 13:37 pm

Yeah, £400 is a big ask. Get ye to pinkbike... But even then, there's a reason people are selling bikes off for £400, you're likely to pick up a bill to get it working right.

Other option- you don't need a downhill bike to ride downhill. My old SX Trail cost me a little more than your budget but it was ready to go and was totally up for any dh track I've ever ridden. You could build up a wee nugget of a hardtail too.
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Munch101 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 13:40 pm

I can't seem to find any sx trials for sale anywhere! I do like the look of them though!

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Jun 24, 2013 16:57 pm

You wont get a good SX FOR £400 unless its stolen.
Stinkys are terrible. Big Hits are a good choice. Also look at Giant Team DH or Faith. Scott Nitrous are good if you can find one.

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby felix.london » Mon Jun 24, 2013 17:02 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:You wont get a good SX FOR £400 unless its stolen.
Stinkys are terrible. Big Hits are a good choice. Also look at Giant Team DH or Faith. Scott Nitrous are good if you can find one.


Seen a few Giant Glory's around for cheap but getting a cheap DH bike with a fubar'd fork (or frame!) could turn out to be a false economy.
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Jun 24, 2013 17:27 pm

I know someone who got a Team DH recently for £500 in great condition. You just have to take time and find the right one. Glory's are ok but they weigh a ton (50lb isnt unusual) and eat bearings and shock bushes.

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Northwind » Mon Jun 24, 2013 18:36 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:You wont get a good SX FOR £400 unless its stolen.


Not drastically above, though- one sold on Ebay for £450, looked very tidy, mine was £500 but came with enough spares to recoup about £50. And more than offset by it being ready to go rather than being a moneypit.
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby scottfitz » Tue Jun 25, 2013 08:30 am

For £400 Maybe look at a HT?
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby welshkev » Tue Jun 25, 2013 09:03 am

scottfitz wrote:For £400 Maybe look at a HT?


for DH riding?

I know I've ridden my cove down a few DH tracks but I wouldn't really recommend it for someone wanting to use the bike soley for DH
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Northwind » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:47 am

Depends what your idea of dh is tbh. I rode my hardtail down fort william, it was pretty difficult, and not really anything like doing it on my dh bike. But at innerleithen etc, a decent hardtail's well up for it.

I think on balance I'd probably rather do it on a £400 hardtail than a £400 downhill bike, though.
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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Pesky Jones » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:23 am

Northwind wrote:I think on balance I'd probably rather do it on a £400 hardtail than a £400 downhill bike, though.


+1

Saying that however, I think you should try and increase your budget by £100 and keep a keen eye out for a good deal on a full suss

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby Munch101 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:29 am

I don't want a hard tail as I have rode hard tail a lot and want a change! I have been looking around and think my best option is to get a frame for around £300 and spend more money on it over time and upgrade as I get better.

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Re: £400 budget on a downhill bike

Postby welshkev » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:37 am

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