Mountain Bike - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit
Expired

Mountain Bike

Poot1873 Avatar
9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
I'm looking for a bike for general sort of use and have seen this one reduced from Raleigh which looked quite good http://www.raleigh.co.uk/bikedetails.aspx?ID=5289 . I've not bought a bike for 15 years so i'm a bit out of touch with good makes etc, Raleigh used to be a good make which is why I looked on there web site. Can anybody commect on the Raleigh or suggest anything else, I quite fancied a bike with suspension and would hope to spend around £250 max.

Cheers
Poot1873 Avatar
9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
Options

All Responses

(32) Jump to unreadPost an answer
Responses/page:
banned#1
GT AVALANCHE 3.0 DISC £269.95

The real thing!

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b1s2p675
banned#2
http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/smsimg/1/675-2108-full-1546-2602-full-3-11-1.jpg
#3
Thanks i'll have a look at that bike, I presume GT is a good bike brand ?
banned#4
Poot1873
Thanks i'll have a look at that bike, I presume GT is a good bike brand ?


Yes :thumbsup:

Along with Giant, Specialized and Trek to name but a few...

Spend at least £250 on a hardtail (front suspension only) from one of these brands and you can't go wrong ;-)
#5
Yea i'd go for the GT for that price.

Not a fan of cables discs, but wont get anything including hydraulics till you spend a bit more so for this budget go for it.
Dont touch the Raleigh.
#6
i have a specialized rockhopper again now. Its like thee super bike.
#7
Jammy you, i got a Hardrock.

Had a Rockhopper about 7/8 years ago and it was godly. Just couldnt break the thing :-D
#8
Managed to find the AVALANCHE 3.0 DISC for £239.99 delivered, so i'll probably go for that I think.

thanks.
#9
Poot1873
I'm looking for a bike for general sort of use and have seen this one reduced from Raleigh which looked quite good http://www.raleigh.co.uk/bikedetails.aspx?ID=5289 . I've not bought a bike for 15 years so i'm a bit out of touch with good makes etc, Raleigh used to be a good make which is why I looked on there web site. Can anybody commect on the Raleigh or suggest anything else, I quite fancied a bike with suspension and would hope to spend around £250 max.

Cheers


If it's entry-level, general use, I'd suggest the Carerra Subway 1 from Halfords - or something like it. Reasonable spec, reasonably light, no gimmicks.

If it's general use, you won't need suspension, and at that price (£250 max) won't be up to much, anyways. It'll simply add weight, not be particularly well made, probably disappoint, and rob you of energy whilst you're cycling.

At that price point I wouldn't bother with suspension at all - especially as the type of use you mention ("general") certainly suggests you won't need it. So don't waste your budget on things that won't help, will merely hinder, and probably disappoint.

If most of your cycling is going to be on road, get a hybrid.
banned#10
Lester Burnham
If most of your cycling is going to be on road, get a hybrid.


:thumbsup:
#11
HaggisHunter
Yea i'd go for the GT for that price.

Not a fan of cables discs, but wont get anything including hydraulics till you spend a bit more so for this budget go for it.
Dont touch the Raleigh.


I presume the hydraulic brakes are alot better than mechanical ?
#12
Hydraulics are a lot better but you will pay around £400
found this one for you
http://chrispaulsoncycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b0s2p265
similar spec to the GT
#13
£400 dont be daft lol

Specialized Hardrock Sport 07 - Hydraulic Discs

£330 and has Hayes Hydraulics, yea i prefer Hope, but cant beat it for the price.
Got one myself and love the thing.
And yea Hydraulic are always better than Mechanical.
#14
wasnt being daft muppet £400 is around the price you will pay for mtb with hydraulics on a new model
all brands are now into 08 products so you are bound to find a bargain on a discontinued bike
#15
Hydraulic disks or disks in general, are way overkill for normal / general use - especially if it's going to be mainly on the road.

For that sort of thing, V-brakes will be simpler, cheaper, lighter, and easier to maintain.

If you're doing a lot of off-roading with pretty heavy downhills, then by all means go for disks, and better with hydraulics, but for on-road stuff, they are just a pointless expense.
#16
barneybear
wasnt being daft muppet £400 is around the price you will pay for mtb with hydraulics on a new model
all brands are now into 08 products so you are bound to find a bargain on a discontinued bike


Eh your the muppet looking at the new 08 models when you can get decent 07 models far cheaper and with similar specs.
The guys not looking for brand new, just something round his budget.
£330 might be too much, but for what you get its the best out there atm.
Dont see your point of going for a 08 model at all, shops might want to sell them, but they always have plenty last year stock available, especially the big shops that have warehouses of the stuff.

Oh and discs are good whatever the conditions.
Even on roads hit a pothole and get a buckle, with a disc you can often still ride home and continue to have braking ability.
#17
HaggisHunter
Oh and discs are good whatever the conditions.
Even on roads hit a pothole and get a buckle, with a disc you can often still ride home and continue to have braking ability.


Of course, disks do have that advantage of being able to cope with buckles. However, on the road, that's much less likely to happen than off road.

It's emperor's new clothes, though. Your average Joe - who may be no particular expert with bikes, but may have had one when growing up, is probably going to be just fine looking after V-brakes.

They're cheap, easy to setup, lightweight, easy to adjust and maintain, and simple enough that you can get parts just about anywhere - including supermarkets.

Disks are way overkill, unless you are going to spend a lot of time fairly seriously off-roading. If most of your cycling will be on the road, it's just fashion.

Real cyclists don't bother about how trick the latest kit is. They concern themselves about their fitness, actually cycling, and having a bike that's easy to use, doesn't disappoint, and simple and cost-effective to maintain.

The odd weekend warrior spends their time looking for the latest kit on their bike, making sure it's a fully suspended mtb, with disks and the like. Pootles around for a few weeks - maybe a few months - then gets bored and throws it in the garage like so many disposable lifestyle gadgets these days.

If you're not currently cycling, but want to get into it again, forget the gimmicks. Buy something solid - perhaps a bit boring, but good value for money. Lightweight and robust. So that when you're actually out cycling, you are not cursing the weight of the damn thing, or watching it bob up and down as your pedalling energy is being wasted overcoming up and down motion, whilst it should be overcoming forward motion.

I've seen so many people with a certain budget, thinking they must get the most well spec'd mtb for their money. And spend it all on suspension, and gimmicks like disk brakes (and at many entry level budgets, that's cable disk brakes, too). And never actually dream of heading anywhere near off-road with the damn thing. They get sick and tired with the complexity, the weight, the knobbly tires, that soon the damn thing is relegated to the garage to gather dust.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, if you're gonna cycle on road, get yourself a hybrid. Something light, with good quality components. Then after riding it, you'll find yourself being delighted at how well it performs, and be more inclined to carry on using it, as opposed to blowing a couple of hundred quid on an expensive metal art sculpture to go dusty and rusty in your garage.
#18
lol should see the roads round here then, total disgrace.

I stay off the roads so i only really know about the off-road biking aspect really.
Only have the hardrock sport that i mentioned previously, the old bikes my jump bike and has a few hundred quid of repairs needed lol.
Thats because i need a new rear wheel and etc. Was expensive, but then it was worth it since the amount of cheap(and not so cheap) shimano hubs i went through was ridiculous.
Personally i love hydraulic discs because of their simplicity.
Once they are set-up (which the shop will do) they often wont need touched ever again. My disc pads, all i do is take the wheel off (quick release) the pads slide off and slide the new ones in, pop the wheel back on. Absolutely no tools needed at all.
Love the Hardrock btw, £330 for its a bargain and thats from going from a bike of nearly a grand. Great parts and so easy to maintain, you could probably take the whole thing apart with just a 5mm allen key lol.

Full-sus is useless under the £1000 level.
Front suspension is weird and depends on the bike really, Suntour etc are god-awful and will need replaced. Do the usual and shop about and you can pick up last seasons models of named brands for great prices, since yea, they release new models every year and some nutters will just buy it for the hell of it.
Thats how i got my first Hope wheels and discs, some dafty selling them off cheap as he got the new models, so i got in there first and got a belter of a bargain, hardly used as well :thumbsup:

Do agree though, if someones riding exclusively road, a mountain bikes not much use.

My arms cant get used to Rigid bikes though lol, too used to having some shock protection with the front suspension. Got plenty forks lying about that il never have to go rigid anyway lol.
#19
Ok i'm going to spend a little more and have narrowed it down to these 3 bikes:

Specialized Hardrock Sport 07 - Hydraulic Discs
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70058

GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc 2007
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70223

Mongoose Tyax Super 2007
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70321

All three look pretty similar in spec and I can get them all for around £320 but would there be one thats better than the rest ?
#20
Poot1873
Ok i'm going to spend a little more and have narrowed it down to these 3 bikes:

Specialized Hardrock Sport 07 - Hydraulic Discs
http://www.dalescycles.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SPECHRPROHYD07

GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc 2007
http://www.dalescycles.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=14545

Mongoose Tyax Super 2007
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70321

All three look pretty similar in spec and I can get them all around £320 but would there be one thats better than the rest ?


Just to clarify, what sort of cycling do you expect to be doing - on-road, off-road, a mixture? If a mixture, what sort of percentages (ie 80% off-road, 20% on-road)?

Will you actually go off-road on it?

And if you do, what sort of terrain? Singletrack, or wild and extreme?
#21
Probably a mixture, 50 50, offroad being forest tracks.
#22
Poot1873
Probably a mixture, 50 50, offroad being forest tracks.


I'd seriously consider a hyrbid. It will cope with mild singletrack just peachy, and will be light enough, and benefit from bigger wheels for on-road.

And as long as you're not heading for anything too muddy, the tyres will be a better compromise between the two environments, too.

Pure mtb knobbly tyres are a nightmare on the road. And on the road, you'll appreciate the bigger wheels and smoother tyres of a hyrbid. Off road on light terrain, so long as it's not that muddy and rock strewn, the tyres and wheels of a hybrid will do you just fine.

Don't think gadgets, with bikes - that's how they get you to buy them, think living with it and maintaining it. Right now, the shiny things seem appealling. But after you've had it and used it for 6 weeks, what you'll really appreciate is how light the bike is - especially where hills are concerned.
#23
Poot1873
Probably a mixture, 50 50, offroad being forest tracks.


What kinda forest tracks, well maintained paths or proper dirt trails with the holes and tree-roots?

As for those bikes you mentioned.
Scrap the GT idea, and the Specialized beats the Mongoose hands down as far as i am concerned. The Mongoose has Tektro Hydraulics and they usually manufacture Mechanical so build quality could be similar (ie a bit ****), also it has Suntour forks, and these are bottom of the pile.
The Specialized Hayes Hydraulics are good and from a well-known manufacturer, and hte RST forks, will outperform the Suntour any day of the week imo.
Get the Specialized Hardrock Hyd Disc if this is the way you are leaning.

If you use well maintained paths on your off-road, and use a lot of road, then maybe see about something else.

If Lester could give some examples around the same budget, then might help decide on the best bike for his use :-D
#24
Defo go for the Specialized Hardrock - always been one of the best good entry level MTB's on the market.....great bike especially at that price :thumbsup:
#25
Well I've ended up going for a GT Avalanche 1.0 2008 model, but I've managed to get it through the http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/. So i'm getting the bike (£499.99), a helmet (£29.99), lock (£19.99), mudguards (19.99) and a pump (9.99), totalling just short of £580, through cycle scheme i'm getting it all for £333. Now that what I call a hotdeal !

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=86676
#26
Time for a spot of thread hijacking. I'm in the market for a new bike to replace my ageing hybrid. It's seen better days and can't really handle the rapidly deteriorating canal path I cycle along to get to work. There's too many holes in it!

Anyway, I was thinking about getting this Specialized Hardrock Sport 2007

Does that seem like a decent buy?

Bit of road use, and a lot of use on badly pitted canal paths.
#27
Poot1873
Well I've ended up going for a GT Avalanche 1.0 2008 model, but I've managed to get it through the http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/. So i'm getting the bike (£499.99), a helmet (£29.99), lock (£19.99), mudguards (19.99) and a pump (9.99), totalling just short of £580, through cycle scheme i'm getting it all for £333. Now that what I call a hotdeal !

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=86676


Couldnt you get the Specialized on cycle scheme?
I know Dales Cycles do it (link i provided) and the bike would have been only £330 before getting the tax took off it.

Gazbert
Time for a spot of thread hijacking. I'm in the market for a new bike to replace my ageing hybrid. It's seen better days and can't really handle the rapidly deteriorating canal path I cycle along to get to work. There's too many holes in it!

Anyway, I was thinking about getting this Specialized Hardrock Sport 2007

Does that seem like a decent buy?

Bit of road use, and a lot of use on badly pitted canal paths.


Yea that'l do nicely.
Its the exact same as the £330 one with the hydraulic disc brakes.
Whatever model, its a cracker.
#28
This is good value just above your price limit

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=20567
#29
Bertt
This is good value just above your price limit

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=20567


The Hardrock at £250 is same spec but with better forks.
#30
i'd definately go for a hybrid bike if you are intending to use 50% road and 50% forest tracks , therefore looking at off road mtbs doesnt make that much sense really.

i would suggest to look at the 'scott' sportster bikes , we have a sportster (p5 i think) which is fantastic , paid about £250 for it .
ideal for road and bike tracks .....
#31
I was under the impression that Suntour were to be avoided. :)
#32
HaggisHunter
Couldnt you get the Specialized on cycle scheme?
I know Dales Cycles do it (link i provided) and the bike would have been only £330 before getting the tax took off it.


Yeah but the sizes available were too small. I did look at the specialized but thought the GT was not as heavy and prefered the GT in the flesh.

Post an Answer

You don't need an account to leave a response. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!