Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

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Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby leewestwood » Wed Jan 15, 2014 22:58 pm

I'm looking at getting into riding a few trails in my area so I'm looking at getting a mountain bike.

I have a budget of £700, I've looked at the 2014 Specialized Rockhopper 29er but heard good and bad things about it.
Are there any other/better bikes I could look at?

2014 Rockhopper
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec052284

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby supersonic » Wed Jan 15, 2014 22:59 pm

Plenty of better bikes - for your general XC riding, forest trails and the like, take a look at the Boardman Team and Comp.

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby alexthebear » Wed Jan 15, 2014 23:03 pm

How you going to fit in biking with all your golf tournaments?

I'm pretty sure that Specialized bikes under £1000 are WELL over priced for what they are, as above there's plenty of choice in your price bracket so I'd take a shifty through Paul's cycles coz there's some real bargains to be had on there

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby leewestwood » Wed Jan 15, 2014 23:13 pm

alexthebear wrote:How you going to fit in biking with all your golf tournaments?

I'm pretty sure that Specialized bikes under £1000 are WELL over priced for what they are, as above there's plenty of choice in your price bracket so I'd take a shifty through Paul's cycles coz there's some real bargains to be had on there


I'm sorry to say I do play golf lol. Believe me I've heard all the jokes.

I'll take a look at Paul's Cycles. And boardmans bikes.

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby Keith1983 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 07:45 am

I'd highly recommend two bikes........................... in case you get a hole in one! :?

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby alexthebear » Thu Jan 16, 2014 08:06 am

This is why he's after a new bike, he got kicked out of Wales for trying to drive this around a trail center Image

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby Munch101 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 08:09 am

alexthebear wrote:How you going to fit in biking with all your golf tournaments?

I'm pretty sure that Specialized bikes under £1000 are WELL over priced for what they are, as above there's plenty of choice in your price bracket so I'd take a shifty through Paul's cycles coz there's some real bargains to be had on there



What Specialized should I look for??

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby cooldad » Thu Jan 16, 2014 09:09 am

At £700, none.
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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby BigAl » Thu Jan 16, 2014 09:13 am

At that budget it's generally best to avoid the 'big brands' (Spesh, Giant, Trek, etc) as you'll be paying a premium for the 'name'.

Take a look at the Boardmans and Voodoos at Halfords and Rockriders at Decathlon

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby MC2014 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 19:59 pm

supersonic wrote:Plenty of better bikes - for your general XC riding, forest trails and the like, take a look at the Boardman Team and Comp.


second that :)


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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby passout » Fri Jan 17, 2014 08:54 am

If you can go an extra 100 this is a good option - it has a really good quality frame which is worthy of upgrades if you get into the sport, light, great discount too: http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _2013_Bike

The Boardman makes sense too. Vitus might be a good option too. I'd certainly be looking at hardtails at this point.
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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby alexthebear » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:28 am

passout wrote:If you can go an extra 100 this is a good option - it has a really good quality frame which is worthy of upgrades if you get into the sport, light, great discount too: http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _2013_Bike

The Boardman makes sense too. Vitus might be a good option too. I'd certainly be looking at hardtails at this point.


He'd have to get it in lime green though ;)

Great price on that

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Re: Mountain Bike for a beginner - £700 Budget

Postby passout » Fri Jan 17, 2014 13:12 pm

True but the lime green is misleading, seems mostly grey/silver to me: http://www.whytebikes.com/2014/product. ... 4&xSec=149
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