What hardtail for £1200?

Discuss the eternal "Which fork/bike/tyres should I buy?" questions.
Curleyboy
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2012 17:59 pm

What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Curleyboy » Sun Oct 27, 2013 17:53 pm

Hi folks. Im after a new hardtail and thought this would be the best place to ask for advice. My budget is up to £1200. Anyone any ideas where I should start? My ride at the moment is a Specialized Rockhopper Disc 2006, so Im not altogether new to the bike scene but Im out of touch with whats available for that sort of money. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Gordon.

User avatar
passout
Posts: 4513
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2007 13:54 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby passout » Sun Oct 27, 2013 20:06 pm

I think you need to provide more info on the sort of riding you intend to do in order to get meaningful advice.
That said, I've just ordered one of these: http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _2012_Bike
For hardtails also check out on-one.
'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.

Kajjal
Posts: 2659
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 16:37 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Kajjal » Sun Oct 27, 2013 22:17 pm

I bought a Specialized Carve comp (now called crave comp) this year as I was after a fast XC mountain bike to replace my previous Orange hardtail. I have really enjoyed riding it and is has handled everything I have thrown at it well.

Polf
Posts: 58
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2012 19:58 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Polf » Sun Oct 27, 2013 22:40 pm

Not sure what type of riding you are wanting to do. If you fancy ramping it up a bit. This would be top of my list.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=h ... CDIQ9QEwAA
Yeti SB95
Nukeproof Mega AM 275
On One 456C

"Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cosy, does not try it on"

Curleyboy
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2012 17:59 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Curleyboy » Mon Oct 28, 2013 09:59 am

My riding is mostly on gravel/dirt/cycle tracks. More distance than technical. The Rockhopper has been ok but its getting on a bit now (7 years old) and would cost a fair bit to change the bits that are worn. Also a 29er seems to appeal for less rolling resistance.

User avatar
passout
Posts: 4513
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2007 13:54 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby passout » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:05 am

The aforemntioned bike would do it but this may interest you if you are after a 29er: http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/FBOOLRCAB/o ... ntain_bike
'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.

Curleyboy
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2012 17:59 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Curleyboy » Tue Oct 29, 2013 17:26 pm

Well things are happening fairly quickly. Been into my shed this morning to find my lights water damaged. Batteries are finished as well (leaking). A hole in the roof at the back has gone unseen for some time. Its also damaged my Shimano cycling jacket. Im now having to reassess my budget. Looking like a bike at a bit less than I thought. £200 for lights and £60 for jacket now means my budget is £900 to £950.
Just having a squint around on the internet, I can buy a CUBE LTD 2014 29er for £899. I have had a short spin on one before and the fit is excellent. Am I right in thinking this would be an ok buy? The spec seems reasonable.
Can I also thank those that have given a few reccomendations for bikes which are now unfortunatley out of my price range. I wasnt expecting this.

User avatar
supersonic
Lives Here
Posts: 81829
Joined: Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:50 am

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby supersonic » Tue Oct 29, 2013 17:29 pm

No need to spend 200 on lights plenty of good options for a quarter of that.

Curleyboy
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2012 17:59 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Curleyboy » Tue Oct 29, 2013 18:39 pm

For some reason I find that if I buy cheap lights I end up buying twice. I quite fancy a set of Magicshine lights. They seem to have a decent write-up. My last set were made by Cateye, were expensive and survived about 4 years. Obviously lighting technology is moving on and I want something thats not just a flash in the pan setup. Chinese copies are leaving their mark with a few people by not being up to the job. The lighting thread on here is good but someone reccommends one, then thats put in its place by someone who has had a poor experience. Unless you can specifically point me in the right direction?

User avatar
passout
Posts: 4513
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2007 13:54 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby passout » Wed Oct 30, 2013 09:28 am

This would be a solid (if not exciting) choice, good value: http://www.realcycles.com/m1b0s311p4605 ... le_30_2013
'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.

Curleyboy
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2012 17:59 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Curleyboy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:04 pm

passout wrote:This would be a solid (if not exciting) choice, good value: http://www.realcycles.com/m1b0s311p4605 ... le_30_2013


16" only!

Woody80
Posts: 305
Joined: Sat Mar 31, 2012 13:59 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby Woody80 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 19:23 pm

Curleyboy wrote:For some reason I find that if I buy cheap lights I end up buying twice. I quite fancy a set of Magicshine lights. They seem to have a decent write-up. My last set were made by Cateye, were expensive and survived about 4 years. Obviously lighting technology is moving on and I want something thats not just a flash in the pan setup. Chinese copies are leaving their mark with a few people by not being up to the job. The lighting thread on here is good but someone reccommends one, then thats put in its place by someone who has had a poor experience. Unless you can specifically point me in the right direction?

The ones off eBay for about £25 work brilliantly. I've used mine for the last year and it's been faultless. You can always run 2 just in case you're worried about one failing. Can't see a reason to spend more. Spend the budget on the bike instead.

User avatar
passout
Posts: 4513
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2007 13:54 pm

Re: What hardtail for £1200?

Postby passout » Fri Nov 01, 2013 09:27 am

Curleyboy wrote:
passout wrote:This would be a solid (if not exciting) choice, good value: http://www.realcycles.com/m1b0s311p4605 ... le_30_2013


16" only!


True, but you could be a short ars* for all I know! :D They do have some other decent offers on other 29ers though.
'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.


Return to “MTB Buying Advice”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests