Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

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strube77
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Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby strube77 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 23:26 pm

Hey guys, I have not ridden in years but I'm looking to get back out there. Mainly for trail/XC use. I'm trying to stick to an initial budget of £1000 as upgrades are inevitable down the line + my wife can't fathom my reasoning for spending more :roll:

I have narrowed down to a few choices and was hoping for some advice:

GT AVALANCHE 1.0
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.GT-Avalanche-1-0-Mountain-Bike-2013-Hardtail-Race-MTB_56179.htm

Charge Cooker 2 29er
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/charge/cooker-2-29er-2014-mountain-bike-ec053628#features

Trek Elite 8.5
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/elite-85-2013-mountain-bike-ec042075#features

SPECIALIZED ROCKHOPPER COMP 29ER
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized-Rockhopper-Comp-29er-Mountain-Bike-2014-Hardtail-Race-MTB_64809.htm

Even though I always wanted a Cannondale as a kid, I have ruled out the trail sl series due to the low end setup.

Thanks for your time!

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Re: Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby Stu Coops » Mon Aug 26, 2013 08:03 am

You might want to check this out on ebay Item 130975353419
Zesty 514 Scott Scale 20 GT Expert HalfwayupMTB

strube77
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Re: Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby strube77 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 09:22 am

Cheers Stu, a little out of my price range... I'm sure it will go for more than the initial starting bid too :D

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Re: Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby 97th choice » Mon Aug 26, 2013 09:32 am

Too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye

Giant Trance
Radon ZR 27.5 Race
Btwin Alur700
Merida CX500

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Re: Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby strube77 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:41 am

Yes I have, especially if I were to go for another GT, can get a lot of bike for my money if I get a 2010/11 model!

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Re: Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby slowslowslow » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:00 pm

don't always rule out a bike on set-up. If you invest in a good frame then other things can be upgraded at your leisure...

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Re: Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby 97th choice » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:41 pm

strube77 wrote:Yes I have, especially if I were to go for another GT, can get a lot of bike for my money if I get a 2010/11 model!


Older models tend to have better specs as manufacturers have downgraded spec over the last few years to maintain the price point. 2013 spec were in general pretty poor in this regard. If its a currently produced model you'll be getting the same frame.
Too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye

Giant Trance
Radon ZR 27.5 Race
Btwin Alur700
Merida CX500

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Re: Help narrowing down Hard Tail choices

Postby strube77 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 15:58 pm

Great advice guys, just had a ride on a friends 29er and did not like so, I'm down to these two:

CANNONDALE TRAIL SL 3 (2011)
http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m1b0s2p3694/CANNONDALE-TRAIL-SL-3-2011

or
GIANT XTC 1 (2012)
http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m1b0s2p4418/GIANT-XTC-1-2012

Although the Giant looks better on paper, I am leaning towards the Cannondale as its the frame I want... and at that price I can swap out the forks instantly and maybe upgrade some bits to XT.


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