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Barracuda Mountain Bike £150 off - now £99.97

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banned9y, 3m agoFound 9 years, 3 months ago
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This Barracuda Response 26" Mountain Bike features Shimano 21 speed gears and 18" full suspension frame with adjustable rear shock unit to tackle a variety of different terrains. The gears have rotational shifters for quick and easy gear changing and this mountain bike has mechanical disc-brakes front and rear. The fully adjustable handlebars and padded saddle on this Barracuda bike provide extra comfort on all journey's, short and long.

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#1
As cheap as it might seem, full suspension bikes that cost under about £400 or so really are terrible - they are so heavy and the rear shock is very basic, so its like you are riding a very heavy sponge - quite fun when your going downhill but a pain on the flat and a nightmare going uphill. If you want to spend this sort of money on a bike look for a decent rigid or hardtail (front suspension), but avoid these cheap full-suspension models like the plague.
#2
I had a Barracuda once, it was a great bike until someone stole it, im more more into racers atm, but this would be a good run about bike
#3
is a good bike for simple cycling, it will last a coupla years.
banned#4
Stay away from these bikes. They are very week indeed, it would be more worthwhile going to an auction to pick up a half decent bike for 3/4 the price of this.
#5
wouldnt bother with this brand, had nothing but problems with mine. Spend the same amount on my old one as my newer Scott bike, never been an issue.

Brands sometimes do matter...
#6
I've got £200 to spend on a brand new bike. Definitely not second hand. Not fussed about suspension. Since there are so many bike experts here can someone make me some specific recommendations please?

Muchos Cheers!
#7
Anyone got any idea on bikes for bigger people? i wanna get one but past experiences have let me forget about buying one im only 15 stone but wud love to get a bike.
#8
Gaz - look for 2006 models as they will be heavily discounted. Check places like evans and paulscycles as they often sell older models at discount prices (halfords is also worth a look but don't buy anything at its RRP - look for at least 33% off). For £200 you should be able to find something with a decent shimano or s-ram setup, although if you can stretch that budget a bit further its definately worth it (£250 - £350 is definately the sweet spot for good value hardtail mountain bikes).

hawkio - again, you really don't want a cheapy bike as they simply aren't going to last long, especially full suspension models.

Can't stress this enough, full-suspension on a mountain bike is a very expensive technology, requiring far more complex frames and expensive shock mechanisms. That is why proper full-susp. bikes really do start at no less than £500 (and £1000 is a more typical price); the cheap fs bikes that cost £50-£100 are a fashion statement for kids. Look about and you will find cheapo full susp bikes for under £200 and 'proper' full-susp bikes for over £500, but very little in the in between values, as the companies which make decent quality bikes appreciate that full suspension is a false economy in that range.


The suspension on cheaper bikes basically consists of a thick spring and very heavy steel frame; on expensive bikes it is usually a shock-coil combination on precision made, bearing-laden pivots. A decent rear shock alone typically costs well over £200 (again, a precision sealed oil-air device) but this is necessary to provide the damping required in a suspended system. The cheap sprung bikes do not have this damping and rebound so they are like riding on a sponge, which scarcely helps smooth the ride and is incredibly inefficient when climbing (so much of your energy will simply be wasted compressing the spring); thats not to mention the fact that the cheap steel frames add to a total bike weight that is often over 50% greater than decent bikes. Also on really cheap bikes, avoid gimmicks like mech disc brakes (which add weight and do very little to improve braking performance).
#9
hi mate, is there anything you can recommend for a 100-200 for a bigger guy? im having trouble finding websites with descriptions about maximun weights etc.
#10
Would something like this
Raleigh Team Replica 2006 Mountain Bike
for £199.99 be a good buy?
#11
I'm in the same position as most people in this thread and want to own a good bike, and fully appreciate a cheap full-suspension bike is a no-go (I currently own one, and I know the suspension is pointless and wastes energy, and that the bike weighs a ton).

So simply, are there any hot deals on mountain bikes which you experts can post please? Something around £200 is also the amount I'd be prepared to spend on a decent brand non-suspension bike. I'm also wanting to buy new, although an end-of-line model wouldn't bother me.

Regards,

Will
#12
something like this will be good.
http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/ProductDetails/mcs/ProductID/11962/GroupID/7/CategoryID/75/v/e11ec487-42b2-4516-ad41-d990b9e000e3

Dont bother with raleigh bikes. Phone up a company like the link above and speak to people who know what there talking about.
#13
That bike gazbert has posted doesn't look bad; if you have an evans near you have a look in, also have a look about halfords. If you want a biike mainly for town riding consider a hybrid (mountain bike frame but much skinnier, slick tyres - a lot faster on roads but a more comfortable ride than a racer).

Its hard to comment on individual bikes without having tried them out yourself which is why going to a proper bike shop is a really good idea (even if you end up ordering from the internet). Component wise look out for Alivio or better (Deore) by Shimano or the 5 series or better by SRAM, as these are good, hard wearing series. If you are getting front suspension, look out for RockShok, Manitou or Marzocchi forks. Most the cheaper models have Suntour forks or worse still Zoom or unbranded forks, which tend to be heavy and pretty poor in performance.

Our local halfords had a decent sale on (this is generally a good time of year to buy bikes as 2008 models are appearing so older ones are on sale) with some half-decent looking models around £200, but take halfords rrp with a pinch of salt. IMO GT make some of the best value bikes around this price range, Trek and Specialised also have some decent models. Kona make really nice frames+bikes but probably a bit outside your budget.

Remember if you get a bike with a decent frame yet perhaps budget components (such as Tektro mech disc brakes or Suntour forks) you can always upgrade these at a later date - basic decent forks start at about £70 (RockShok Judys etc) and decent disc brakes about the same, and of course all the other components (crankset, deraillieurs and shifters etc) can also be easily upgraded - my bike originated as a Carrera Kraken but over the course of a few years I've upgraded the frame, forks, brakes, crankset + gears, wheels and pretty much everything else and I now have a really nice, light, custom hardtail, and the gradual upgrade process has been very satisfying (its a bit like having a new bike each time I upgrade something!).
#14
jah128
...my bike originated as a Carrera Kraken but over the course of a few years I've upgraded the frame, forks, brakes, crankset + gears, wheels and pretty much everything else and I now have a really nice, light, custom hardtail, and the gradual upgrade process has been very satisfying (its a bit like having a new bike each time I upgrade something!).

Lol - What do you still have left of the original? The handle bars? :p

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