Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

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FingersKFF
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Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby FingersKFF » Mon Aug 19, 2013 16:26 pm

Hi guys

I'm looking for some suggestions for a new hardtail MTB in the region of £1000 to £1300 to replace my old Spec' Rockhopper Expert '09.

It will be used mostly for cross-country / trail riding but with a lot of winter road riding sessions thrown in. My first thought therefore was to go 29er to help swallow the miles but I'm open to other wheel size suggestions if there's a good saving to be had.

Although I was happy enough with the Spec' it often felt a little steep up front so I'm looking for something slightly slacker, though nothing too drastic. It needs to be more of a mile-eater than a play bike.

On that note I'd like to keep weight down as much as possible but still have enough suspension up front to deal with the fun stuff, so a good quality fork is higher on my list than other components.

I'm not using any schemes so retailer is not a problem, though I'd much rather be able to try before I buy so online-only bikes will have to really push my buttons to be considered.

Think that about covers it. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or input.

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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby mattshrops » Tue Aug 20, 2013 13:13 pm

I am selling a giant xtc 3 composite 29er on here if you're interested?

Carbon hardtail nice spec.
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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby FingersKFF » Tue Aug 20, 2013 13:39 pm

Sounds interesting, do you have a link to the post? :D

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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby mattshrops » Tue Aug 20, 2013 19:44 pm

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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby Shinoke » Wed Aug 21, 2013 19:24 pm

I'm looking to get a Boardman HT Pro, and that seems to fit a fair few of your requirements.
Currently only £850, good spec and forks, and lightweight.
Imagine most similar priced bikes will have worse forks although I could be wrong.

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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby FingersKFF » Thu Aug 22, 2013 17:03 pm

Yeah the Boardman is sure to make it onto my shortlist, though I'm still swaying toward a 29er to help chew up the miles during the winter months when most of my local trails become unridable.

mattshrops - it's tempting but I wouldn't be able to collect as I don't have a car at the moment and I'm a fair way out. Thanks anyway and good luck finding it a new home :D

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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby paul.skibum » Thu Aug 22, 2013 17:25 pm

You want to buy a bike to munch miles and not be much fun - road bike?
Closet jockey wheel pimp whore.

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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby FingersKFF » Thu Aug 22, 2013 18:09 pm

No, it has to be fun but it doesn't need to be a chuckable play bike since I already have one of those. It needs to be more cross country but happy enough to do road work as well.

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Re: Hardtail Suggestions £1000-1300

Postby RDB66 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 20:45 pm

Fingers, have a look at Canyons 2014 lineup on their website 29ers galore.
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