Looking for some help please if someone can offer their expertise.
Our daughter is after a bike for her birthday in a couple of weeks (she'll be 13). She is very tall and when we were in the local bike shop they measured her up as needing a 22" frame with 26" wheels.
The chap in the shop suggested a Specialized Hardrock for £300, but that's just excessive. They also brought out a Barracuda which he said was a very good range, but all eyes were on the fancy Specialized bike by that time!
We've spotted a Barracuda Toro on Eb*y for £160 delivered which seems a good deal. Doesn't look maculine like many others (although she hates pink), has an alloy frame, decent specs (from what I understand about bikes). She'll be using the bike for general dotting around the local area, but we live in a rural estate and other than the main road, everything else is a hard path and as it's Perthshire we live in, it's very hilly and a light frame would be of benefit.
We've always been Raleigh buyers from the same shop, and that includes myself from when I was 4, so would be grateful for any advice.
We have £150 to spend and I'm looking to get the most bang for the money as the bike could be with her for years at this size. We have 4 kids, so cannot afford more (£160 for the bike above is really making my wife stress!) and cannot be setting a precent with it.
So hit me with it....!