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Hi there i was looking at this mountain bike for sale in halfords: http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_241601_langId_-1_CarSelectorCa… Read More
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1d, 4m agoPosted 1 decade, 4 months ago
Hi there i was looking at this mountain bike for sale in halfords:

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_241601_langId_-1_CarSelectorCatalogId__CarSelectorGroupId__varient__categoryId_38308_crumb_33980-33957_parentcategoryrn_38308

sorry about the long link, but does this seem a good deal to you all?

I have never heard of the comapny Shockwave either so does anyone have any experience with them and are they known to be a good brand?

So what do you guys think, is this a good deal?
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1d, 4m agoPosted 1 decade, 4 months ago
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anyone?
#2
Shockwave are actually exclusive to Halfords, so you wont find them stocked anywhere else. Made in Taiwan and shipped over.

I actually bought a bike from there last week, (this one) but unfortunately Ive not had a chance to get out on it yet so cant give a you a guide to the quality.

Seems decent enough for the price, cant say I actually think they used to price it at the original price mind.

I was recommended to stay aware from full suspension bikes on a budget, as there really isnt much need for it, and it just means there is more to go wrong. Completely ignored the advice in the end, surely cant be too expensive as the whole thing only cost £120!

When putting them together we did have a few teething problems, especially around tightening the brakes up as they didnt sit straight. Once we found the right screw it was quite straight forward.

We also noticed a few scratches on the frame, popped back in and had a moan and received £10 of gift vouchers - better than nothing and quite nice with it too they were.
#3
If I were you, I'd look on Ebay for a decent second hand one for the same money...that way you could bag yourself a cannondale or giant or something for the same kind of money. Alternatively, the police now have their own auction site (think it's something like bumblebee or something - try googling it) - there's sometimes good deals to be had if you're in the right area..(high crime??!:giggle: )
#4
lol yeah i live in South East London, talk about high crime rate. Thanks for the replys, i just want a nice strong bike as i plan on riding it offroad and jumping it!

i was thinking of going into store and trying to get it for the online price. Do you think that would work as id rather have someone put it together than myself. Thanks for the insight smoking monkey on the shockwave bikes:thumbsup: .

And thanks jacksonsheena for the bumblebee auction, looks good!
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Sohail
lol yeah i live in South East London, talk about high crime rate. Thanks for the replys, i just want a nice strong bike as i plan on riding it offroad and jumping it!

i was thinking of going into store and trying to get it for the online price. Do you think that would work as id rather have someone put it together than myself. Thanks for the insight smoking monkey on the shockwave bikes:thumbsup: .

And thanks jacksonsheena for the bumblebee auction, looks good!


Blooming heck, then you really do need to get at least something in the range of a GT or Claud Butler. It's all about weld strength when jumping.

Those cheap bikes will snap if you put any pressure on them. Trust me, my mate is into mountain biking big time, he spent over £3,000 for his, it's a Rocly Mountain, not saying get one of those but he explained to me what happens to the cheap and nasty bikes if you put continous strain on them.

The cheap bikes are ok for riding around town and the odd bit of off road, other than that do as the guy above said. Get a good second hand one, at least you know it's gonna take the strain (well more than the cheaper ones) and your not gonna lose your manhood. :giggle:
#6
Used to do a bit of mad mountain biking involving jumps etc in the days before shock absorbers & tended favour a Cannondale which seemed to hold up to the job..it was just unfortunate that my back didn't...:giggle: I was the ultimate cheapskate tho and just borrowed one off my boyfriend at the time! Here's another thought for you tho (that's 2 from me now, & i'm blonde - must be a good week:thumbsup: ) it may be worth contacting some of the outdoor centres or bike hire places to see if they sell any of their stuff off used - some places do, & at quite a discount, but I don't know what the quality would be like. Also, remember the little gem of caveat emptor 'let the buyer beware': make sure you ask the right questions when you're buying from people like that. If you go to them and say you're asking their professional advice about buying one of their mountain bikes for a particular purpose, they shouldn't sell you something which wouldn't hold up to the job - i.e. one that's been welded back together etc - you've got more legal comeback against them that way. Otherwise you should be fine..:thumbsup:
#7
I got a secondhand bike in a shop on the road between elephant and castle and London Bridge - almost opposite the court.

Well worth going in and looking at what they have there; they are open to a lot of bargaining and will let you take any bike out for a test run. They had a fast turnover last summer but it might be more quiet now that it's winter.

As so many have said, on your budget, try for a good secondhand bike - it will be much better for you.
#8
Halfords own brands have never had a REALLY good rep - mate had 3 over the years - i've still got my branded bike (diamond back) going strong

take a look on the net for large discount sites that stock BRANDED makes i.e. last years models at knock down prices.. spend the same and get quality..
#9
shenberrypie
Used to do a bit of mad mountain biking involving jumps etc in the days before shock absorbers & tended favour a Cannondale which seemed to hold up to the job..it was just unfortunate that my back didn't...:giggle: I was the ultimate cheapskate tho and just borrowed one off my boyfriend at the time! Here's another thought for you tho (that's 2 from me now, & i'm blonde - must be a good week:thumbsup: ) it may be worth contacting some of the outdoor centres or bike hire places to see if they sell any of their stuff off used - some places do, & at quite a discount, but I don't know what the quality would be like. Also, remember the little gem of caveat emptor 'let the buyer beware': make sure you ask the right questions when you're buying from people like that. If you go to them and say you're asking their professional advice about buying one of their mountain bikes for a particular purpose, they shouldn't sell you something which wouldn't hold up to the job - i.e. one that's been welded back together etc - you've got more legal comeback against them that way. Otherwise you should be fine..:thumbsup:


What are the preferable makes to go for then? thanks evryone with the help so far, i still havent bought a bike yet but im still on the lookout, so what are the quality brands i should go for?
#10
omg...stay away from that bike....if you are gonna jump on it, it will break...and you have no warranty with a bike you have jumped. They are heavy, brakes are rough and overpriced. Grab a saracen xray if your budget is low, they are small rigid/hardtails that you can upgrade if you really get into it.

Or get a good secondhand bike....but thats a risk as you may not know its history.
if you let me know your budget maybe i can recommend something

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