Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

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gshep1873
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Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

Postby gshep1873 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 19:44 pm

Hi there

I am knew to mountain biking and I am looking for some advice on what bike to get. I have been on a few trails and in particular the new commonwealth games track which is minutes from my house. Therefore I am keen to improve and learn more about the sport.

Can someone advise me how much I need to spend to have a bike that is equipped for trails such as this, carronvalley and glentress. Would I be better to purchase a full suspension or a hardtail? Also what brands would you recommend? I am buying through a cycle to work scheme so I have to purchase from halfords.

Thanks
Sheps

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Re: Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

Postby Kajjal » Fri Oct 18, 2013 21:32 pm

Good description of what you need a bike to do. What budget are you looking at ?

gshep1873
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Re: Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

Postby gshep1873 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 22:01 pm

Thanks

Was thinking £700ish if I need to stretch that far but really not sure if I will benefit from it with my lack of experience.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

Postby coulddobetter » Fri Oct 18, 2013 22:14 pm

Look at boardman , carrera and voodoo , of the three I would go boardman . Hardtail in your price range definitely .

gshep1873
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Re: Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

Postby gshep1873 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 08:44 am

Thanks

Think I will go for boardman comp ht 650B 2014 or team ht 650B 2014 if you suggest boardman

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Croptonboy
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Re: Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

Postby Croptonboy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 08:47 am

Don't rule out Decathlon's RR 8.1

It might be £150 under your budget but it's still a great spec bike for the money

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Re: Help for a new bike purchase for a beginner

Postby passout » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:28 am

I'd say Boardman hardtail for sure. 100mm-120mm travel up front. 27.5 wheels are probably a good all round choice if new to the sport, if you don't have aload of 26inch tyres in your shed like me. Main thing is that it fits, so I'd go in and see what you fancy & sit on a few.
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