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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
Hello, I am looking for a cheap hardtail bike, I just want a bike to get me from A to B. Maybe something like this? http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1253.html or this http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1621.html or http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1622.html If anyone could recommend me a bike or any offers on it would be greatly appreciated. I know those last two bikes are dual suspension but I am going off the fact they are produced by Raleigh who I know produce good quality bikes.
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#2
do you think you could recommend me any other bikes? upto about the 180 mark
#3
I wouldnt reccomend any bike under £200 if you wish to buy new.

Best bet is to buy used if you dont want to pay much. Check out [url]www.singletrackworld.com[/url] forums and [url]www.ebay.co.uk[/url] and if you want advice on decent bikes from there im sure a few of us can help.

Ben
#4
Yeah,you aint gonna get much for that kind of cash.The bike I previously mentioned was just better than your choices within your budget.If you could stretch to £250 would recommend one of these:

http://www.tredz.co.uk/details.aspx?id=6846

My daughter has one and they are actually surprisingly good and excellent bikes for the cash.They are a bit on the heavy side tho.They are well built with reasonable components and ride very well (RST front fork is extremely impressive for a bike in this price range).Even for such a low priced piece of kit you wouldn't hurt it in a hurry.Buying second hand is an option as mentioned before,but a risky one if you don't know much about bikes.They can be expensive to fix.

Hope this helps.:)
#5
I am tempted to go for that Specialized Hardrock bike to be honest.. I think it's worth paying that money for a good quality bike. When you say the bike is quite heavy comparing it to a full suspension steel frame bike how heavy is it then? I currently own a Barracuda Response it's black and silver and has dual suspension and a front disk brake and it is quite heavy.
#6
jh902
I am tempted to go for that Specialized Hardrock bike to be honest.. I think it's worth paying that money for a good quality bike. When you say the bike is quite heavy comparing it to a full suspension steel frame bike how heavy is it then? I currently own a Barracuda Response it's black and silver and has dual suspension and a front disk brake and it is quite heavy.


I have several bikes, each have their purposes. One is a town and country sort of bike, I put semi-slick tyres on and its pretty nifty for getting to work, the gym, etc. Which is about a 3km ride for me. I also have a full suspension bike, which if you plan to travel to work, or a coule of km, I personally don't recommend. Not the weight issue, efficiency on your cycling. You will peddle more but not get as much out of it. Finally I have a racing bike, this I currently use for work whilst the weather is nice, on my town/country bike it takes me about 9minutes to get from home to work, about 2.6km. On my racing bike it takes me about 5/6minutes.

Hope it helps,
J

PS. DONT BUY FROM HALFORDS.
#7
Yep, Halfords suck for sure !!!.As do most of the bikes they sell.I had a Carrera road bike for training on a couple of years ago and it was a piece of junk.

Im comparing the weight of the Hardrock to my Specialized Stumpjumper FSR.However it will be a lot lighter then your steel framed Barracuda suspension bike (I believe these weigh as much as a small car !!!!).Can't compare the weight of it to a road bike.I have a Bianchi ML3 and that weighs less than the Hardrocks wheelset !!.

Hope this helps.:)
#8
pete_21
Yeah,you aint gonna get much for that kind of cash.The bike I previously mentioned was just better than your choices within your budget.If you could stretch to £250 would recommend one of these:

http://www.tredz.co.uk/details.aspx?id=6846

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Hope this helps.:)



Just bought the hydraulic disk brake version of this, ordered it on Sunday for the free 2-3 day delivery option and received it this morning :thumbsup: thus far the service from Tredz has been A1, unfortunately the handlebar grip got damaged in transit, no real biggie but a bit of a test for them to see how they sort it out for me!

It's fairly heavy but certainly not so much that it'd be a problem, lovely piece of kit!

Ian
#9
Only problem I see with a bike is what do you define as heavy, because comparing racing bikes and road bikes theres quite a big difference. My racer is 30% carbon fibre where as my road bike is aluminium.
#10
I'm also looking at getting the Hardrock Pro + Hydraulic Disc bike, just hunting around for a good price retailer that is part of the 'cycle to work' scheme so I can get the tax savings. One odd thing I have noticed is that the 2007 model costs more than the 2008 model?

Have they down spec'ed next years model or something?? weird
#11
Tredz and Dales both do cycle to work i believe.

And yea, comparing Road nad Mountain bike weight is pointless as they are totally different things
#12
fox
Just bought the hydraulic disk brake version of this, ordered it on Sunday for the free 2-3 day delivery option and received it this morning :thumbsup: thus far the service from Tredz has been A1, unfortunately the handlebar grip got damaged in transit, no real biggie but a bit of a test for them to see how they sort it out for me!

It's fairly heavy but certainly not so much that it'd be a problem, lovely piece of kit!

Ian


so you would recommend it then? what is the build quality of it like?


Also what do people think about the 'Claud Butler Stone River AL7005 bike'?


HaggisHunter
Tredz and Dales both do cycle to work i believe.

And yea, comparing Road nad Mountain bike weight is pointless as they are totally different things


I don't believe this applies to me as I live in Manchester.
#13
The cycle to work scheme?

It applies everywhere, and if the online shops have it advertised, then no doubt they can do it.
You need to talk to your work and see if they will get it sorted for you though.
#14
Oh right! my mistake! Someone sent me a link to it awhile ago and it was the london government site so I presumed it was just the London government who did that scheme. I am not a UK tax payer so unfortunately wouldn't be able to consider that anyway :-(
#15
This one would be good for you
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=15470
only £180 Delivered
its got a cheap shimano groupset but its shimano so cant be that bad. only thing is it has a cartridge BB which i hate but should be ok for the average rider. Also Chain reaction have a 10% discount on all there bikes at the moment:thumbsup:
#16
Cycle to work only works with UK taxpayers then.
It essentially gives you the bike tax-free through your wages, so wont be any use to you i'm afraid.

About all groupsets are Shimano, from the really good to the really awful.
Thats how the cheap rubbish bikes can advertise "Genuine Shimano Groupset", its just cheap made rubbish.
Sram make groupsets as well, and can be bad or good as much as the Shimano.
Not sure of the GT at chainreaction though since not that up to date with current.
#17
thanks ryancs that looks a really good bike for the price! how hard would it be to upgrade the bike? I am no bike expert so I couldn't do it myself!
#18
well with the little money there is its the best i can suggest. and about shimano any named shimano stuff from acera to xtr is better than just plain shimano but you will find it hard to find these brands on a bike under £180.
TBH if it was me id buy something that is used as it will probably last longer than a real cheap new one:thumbsup:
#19
jh902
thanks ryancs that looks a really good bike for the price! how hard would it be to upgrade the bike? I am no bike expert so I couldn't do it myself!


What would you like to upgrade?
#20
jh902
thanks ryancs that looks a really good bike for the price! how hard would it be to upgrade the bike? I am no bike expert so I couldn't do it myself!


Stretch your budget, save buying second hand or having to upgrade...
#21
on second thoughts like james has said your probably better of stretching your budget. whats the most can spend then ill have a quick wizz around for you
#22
ryancs
im just putting a few things together that he may want to upgrade if he gets this bike


Why have a budget of £180, then go buy a bike which is total ******** and upgrade it? You end up buying a £100 bike which isn't in the best of conditions, end up buying parts constantly and upgrading it, wear and tear? Go to a local dealer, get a bike from there, even haggle if you have the balls.

#Edit

Didn't see you posted a bike link. Though why spend £180 on a brand new part and upgrade things. I'd like to see your list lol. I don't know that much about bikes but I know when I'm burning cash.
#23
jamesterror
Stretch your budget, save buying second hand or having to upgrade...


Agreed.Far easier and more cost effective to buy a reasonable bike in the first place in my experience.Ive Just spent a grand on upgrades for my MTB (Hardly the first either !!!).You could buy a decent bike for that.

Saying that when I bought my daughters Hardrock Sport a few months back,It was the best bike I could find in the sub £300 bracket.Haven't felt the need to upgrade that,Its a great entry level hardtail and I would be surprised if you weren't happy with it.
#24
Right well what I meant was to buy the bike then maybe in 2 months upgrade the suspension then in 3 months upgrade the brakes I know it might seem pointless but that was my view. Btw I am only 17 and I currently do not have a job although I have applied for one. My mum and dad wouldnt like me forking out 400-500 on a bike even if I had plenty of money, which I don't.
#25
pete_21
Saying that when I bought my daughters Hardrock Sport a few months back,It was the best bike I could find in the sub £300 bracket.Haven't felt the need to upgrade that,Its a great entry level hardtail and I would be surprised if you weren't happy with it.


The hardrock series would be ideal for you i thinks.... if you can stretch your budget.

Ive Just spent a grand on upgrades for my MTB (Hardly the first either !!!).


Me too and i could spend alot more i just bought a pair of pace rc40s i cant wait to get them
#26
jh902
Right well what I meant was to buy the bike then maybe in 2 months upgrade the suspension then in 3 months upgrade the brakes I know it might seem pointless but that was my view. Btw I am only 17 and I currently do not have a job although I have applied for one. My mum and dad wouldnt like me forking out 400-500 on a bike even if I had plenty of money, which I don't.


lol i completly built my first bike at your age i spent about £700 it took about 6 months but i was worth it. If your gonna use it every day like i do then why not:thumbsup:
#27
I think thats what I'll do then..:) I understand it will seem a completely stupid idea to most, but my mum and dad are really conscious and if I was to get a really good expensive bike they would be so scared of it getting knicked which is understandable obviously. Thanks for everyones replies though! really appreciate it! :-D
#28
Can I ask what your going to use it for? If its mainly for working and/or college. Don't bother with expensive. Thiefing ba*tards about.
#29
jamesterror
Can I ask what your going to use it for? If its mainly for working and/or college. Don't bother with expensive. Thiefing ba*tards about.

well ive just coverd all of the brands on my bike and use 2 d locks and a wire whip when locking up
#30
erm.. mainly to go from my house to the shops and back and to work (when I get a job) probably just average 5 or 6 miles per day and I would probably go out 3 or 4 times a week.
#31
ryancs
well ive just coverd all of the brands on my bike and use 2 d locks and a wire whip when locking up


Even if its insured, its not going to mean you'll get the full money back on it, or its going to stop someone stealing it. A lock won't always stop someone determind to steal something.

jh902
erm.. mainly to go from my house to the shops and back and to work (when I get a job) probably just average 5 or 6 miles per day and I would probably go out 3 or 4 times a week.


I recommend you try and push your budget to £300. Even if your parents think its a waste or iffy spending your money on a bike, tell them its cheaper than a car by far means :) I'm only 16, I don't see why they should tell you how to spend your money. Sorry if I have wrong idea.
#32
jamesterror
Even if its insured, its not going to mean you'll get the full money back on it, or its going to stop someone stealing it. A lock won't always stop someone determind to steal something.


But its going to deterr them obviously if someone wants to nick a bike they will but by using dlocks it cuts that chance as not many people carry around trolley jacks to get them open:thumbsup:

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