Help a beginner buy his first bike.

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Ketchy
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Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby Ketchy » Thu Oct 24, 2013 13:26 pm

I'm trying to buy my first MTB and I'm completely lost. I plan on using the bike on the trails at places like cannock chase and at local parks. I think I've narrowed it down to these so any help really really appreciated.

http://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/giant-anthem-x3.html

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m1b0s1p525 ... NTY-2-2013

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m1b0s1p525 ... NTY-1-2013

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... 6#features

or out of these two used but i feel less comfortable purchasing used for my first bike.

http://www.thebikelist.co.uk/lapierre/x ... l-310-2011
http://www.thebikelist.co.uk/specialize ... -comp-2011

I plan on upgrading the bike as i go along. Thanks

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby The Rookie » Thu Oct 24, 2013 14:16 pm

Any reason you are jumping straight to £1000 full suspension bikes? As a beginner I would suggest a hardtail, where £550 will get you a very good starter bike to learn the skills on before you progress, also if you find you don't like it you loose less money.

That said, I would go for this one of those http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m1b0s1p525 ... NTY-2-2013

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby sgtpepper1969 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 14:20 pm

I agree ^^^

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby Ketchy » Thu Oct 24, 2013 14:56 pm

I've considered it but its one of them things where its what my mates have and i want to be able to do what there doing. I mean maybe you can on a hardtail?

Any suggestions on hardtail?

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby The Rookie » Thu Oct 24, 2013 15:01 pm

Round Cannock a hardtail can keep up with an FS, you'll loose a little in a few places and gain it in the others, that's not to say as a new rider you'd be able to keep up whatever you were on, it takes a while to pick up the skills.

The go to starter bike is the Rockrider 8.1 from decathlon, fairly light, well specced and most importantly a proper damped fork, £550, the Carrera Fury or Boardman hardtails from Halfords are also well worth considering for something a little more trail focused (slightly more relaxed geometry).

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby oxoman » Thu Oct 24, 2013 21:09 pm

Would recommend the Fury for Cannock have been around it several times recently on mine and cannot fault it. Only thing i would do to mine for Cannock is shorten the handlebars a bit, it can be a bit close between the tree sometimes.
Rockrider is well worth looking at as well.
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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby Ketchy » Thu Oct 24, 2013 21:12 pm

Whats the Fury ?

Edit: Lol sorry found it my bad.
Edit 2:Any other opinions on the full suspension bikes ?

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby supersonic » Thu Oct 24, 2013 21:48 pm

Rockrider 9.1 is an excellent vs bike.

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 25, 2013 07:50 am

Indeed, if you really want FS, the RR 9.1 from Decathlon is excellent for the money, a colleague at work just bought one (a bad back means he needs to be careful of shocks through the saddle which while an FS won't prevent, they at least reduce a bit!)

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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby Ketchy » Fri Oct 25, 2013 09:35 am

would the rockrider 9.1 be worth upgrading in the future ?


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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby oxoman » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:31 am

Given that you mention Cannock i'm assuming rightly or wrongly your not far from there, Swinnertons have some ex demo bikes going for good money well worth looking at.
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Re: Help a beginner buy his first bike.

Postby Ketchy » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:44 pm

Its pretty far but i would be able to get there any examples of what there selling for what price ?


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