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Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Sat Aug 24, 2013 23:04 pm

Hi all,

I am very new to mtb, that new I haven't got a bike yet! I recently went to whinlatter in the lakes and completed 2 red runs and I have been bitten by the mtb bug!

I know this topic has been done about a thousand times but I really am in a pickle about what are the best components for my budget. I hired a cube analog at whinlatter and as I have nothing to compare it too I thought that was the best bike ever. At the minute I am seriously considering the cube analog as that's about my price bracket. Everyone suggests looking at the voodoos and boardmans, I am just worried about the whole halfords thing (I bought my young sons bike from there and they couldn't even see the wheel was buckled, even though it wouldn't do a complete rotation by hand), am I just been naive there?

I am basically asking for recommendations for bikes around the 500-600 quid mark, also some advice on what models of forks, brakes and gear sets I should be looking for/avoiding.

I will mainly be weekend ridding of decent trails and easy trails with the family.

Any help will be greatly appreciated in the quest to source that first decent mtb!

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby cooldad » Sat Aug 24, 2013 23:59 pm

Start with the sticky at the top of Buying Advice.
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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby DannyJames » Sun Aug 25, 2013 00:01 am

Personally in that price bracket and new i would go the rockrider 8.1 from decathlon not seen a better specked bike for the price do a google for reviews there pretty good. I am biased though as it was what i went for after looking at my options.

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby cooldad » Sun Aug 25, 2013 00:29 am

Good choice.
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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Sun Aug 25, 2013 09:12 am

I have looked at the rockrider 8.1, is it £200 better than 5.3.

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby winter zombie » Sun Aug 25, 2013 09:52 am

my advise would be buy a voodoo hoodoo
http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... o-12-46194

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Sun Aug 25, 2013 19:49 pm

Do you think I am just being a "snob" avoiding halfords?

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rad2474 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 19:53 pm

Rigger/frigger wrote:Do you think I am just being a "snob" avoiding halfords?

Yes! Halfords may be hit and miss with their staff but they have some decent bikes,get your lbs to check out a bike if you get it from there if you aren't comfortable doing it yourself.

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Sun Aug 25, 2013 20:26 pm

So is my choice between hoodoo voodoo, cube analog and rockrider 8.1? Some of my pals who are big into mountain biking have never heard of rockrider?

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby cooldad » Sun Aug 25, 2013 21:15 pm

So what? It's Decathlon's own brand, like Carerra is Halford's. You get lots of bike wothout paying for the name.
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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby The Rookie » Sun Aug 25, 2013 21:41 pm

Rigger/frigger wrote:So is my choice between hoodoo voodoo, cube analog and rockrider 8.1? Some of my pals who are big into mountain biking have never heard of rockrider?

Then they should loose weight as that is the only genuine big in MTBing thay can genuinely be if they haven't heard of them.

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Kowalski675 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 23:11 pm

Rigger/frigger wrote:Do you think I am just being a "snob" avoiding halfords?


Yes, assuming you can use an allen key and spanner, to correct their shoddy PDI setups. Bad staff, but they sell plenty of good bikes.

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby DannyJames » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:40 am

Rigger/frigger wrote:So is my choice between hoodoo voodoo, cube analog and rockrider 8.1? Some of my pals who are big into mountain biking have never heard of rockrider?


As said earlier Its Decathlons own brand and reviews don't come much better than this (last years model now but not much has changed as far as i am aware) ,

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... 1-10-39599

Also Decathlons customer service seems to be brilliant i was happy with mine so when i was looking for a road bike went with there Triban i fancy one of there sussers too :mrgreen:

EDIT: That is the 2010 the toras are now recons and the juicy brakes are now elixr etc not adding any more i sound like i work for Decathlon :oops:

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Mon Aug 26, 2013 15:18 pm

Guys thanks for the info, looks rockrider is the best bet.

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Mon Aug 26, 2013 17:07 pm

Danny James,
Are the changes for the better on the rockrider 8.1 or not?

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby winter zombie » Mon Aug 26, 2013 18:13 pm

Rigger/frigger wrote:Guys thanks for the info, looks rockrider is the best bet.


o dear, well i gave you my advise. good luck :lol:

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Mon Aug 26, 2013 18:54 pm

Not ruling the voodoo out, I am going to halfords at the weekend to see them!

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby winter zombie » Sun Sep 01, 2013 09:26 am

any updates ???

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby Rigger/frigger » Sat Oct 26, 2013 09:13 am

I went rockrider 8.1. I am loving it!

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Re: Advice needed quick!

Postby jeannot18 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 22:07 pm

Don't forget that Decathlon now guarantee their frames for life. Go to their website and register your bike

JC

PS: The 8.1 was my first MTB, still got it despite the fact that I have upgraded to a full suss and use it once in a while. Can't fault it at all for £499
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