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Some cracking bargains here for last years models!

Snap them up before they go as these will run out soon and with bike prices going up even further this year, these bikes are an absolute bargain!

My pick of the bunch is the Revolution Courier Race Disc for £225 or the Merida Speeder I8 for £299 but rather than creating multiple threads, please click on the go to deals to see all 43 deals.
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#1
The Genesis MTB for £349 looks a good deal.
#2
Good deals, free delivery too and not just based in edinburgh if you fancy picking it up....
The Revolution brands are reputedly pretty good for an "own brand" and I'm quite tempted by the streetfinder for less than £180...
#3
A few really good prices there but very limited stock so not many choices of size.
#4
Can any one recomend me a good mountain bike out of the sale ones with a good spec with hydraulic disc brakes as I would like a decent bike which don't cost too much money

Thanks
#5
They have a branch in Manchester too (Wilmslow Road), but I would always suggest checking out The Bicycle Doctor which is another more longer established workers coop and is about 10 minutes walk away (on Dickenson road). My brother bought a bike last week, went to both but the service we received from TBD was second to none. After sales is also better as they offer 3 free services as opposed to the one from Edinburgh. Non-sale prices are more or less the same.
#6
The 13" Giant CRS 3 looks like a good deal, for those who are short enough for the frame... http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f_ProductID=11051&f_SupersetQRY=C224&f_SortOrderID=1&f_bct=c021287
#7
Heat added:thumbsup:

Can I add also that these guys are well known for their customer service too, passionate about bikes and should give you good advice should you need it

Bb
#8
Nothing that jumps out at me in the £350 price range as I'm looking for a mate.

Min requirement is a hard tail with front sus and hydraulic disk brakes. Nearly went for a Carrera the other week from here for £320.
#9
andy_sym
Nothing that jumps out at me in the £350 price range as I'm looking for a mate.

Min requirement is a hard tail with front sus and hydraulic disk brakes. Nearly went for a Carrera the other week from here for £320.


Carrera Kraken on Sale @ Halfords
#10
skdotcom
The Genesis MTB for £349 looks a good deal.


single speed though...
#11
Googleing some of these bikes, the RRP seems to be BS, Even on the EdinburghBicycle.com site some of the reviews show the actual RRP which is much lower than they state, misleading??
#12
duffvader
Googleing some of these bikes, the RRP seems to be BS, Even on the EdinburghBicycle.com site some of the reviews show the actual RRP which is much lower than they state, misleading??

There's a couple that they are selling 2010 bikes at cheaper:

Revolution Streetfinder '09 Was £279.99 Now only £179.00
Revolution Streetfinder '10 £249.99

Marin Kentfield '09 Was £374.99 Now only £249.00
Marin Kentfield '10 £349.99

But for the most part, they seem spot on?

Revolution Cuillin XC '09 Was £249.99 Now only £175.00
Revolution Cuillin XC '10 £249.99

Revolution Cuillin Sport '09 Was £299.99 Now only £199.00
Revolution Cuillin Sport '10 £299.99

Revolution Courier Nexus '09 Was £399.99 Now only £249.00
Revolution Courier Nexus '10 £399.99

Either way, you are still saving a bit on the sale bikes.... if they've got any in the size you are looking for - I see they've already sold out the Revolution Country Traveller & Explorer bikes I was looking at yesterday.
#13
Not sure why the obsession with hydraulic disc brakes - in my (albeit limited) experience, their users tend to swear at them rather than by them. Why not just stick with cable?
banned#14
pibpob
Not sure why the obsession with hydraulic disc brakes - in my (albeit limited) experience, their users tend to swear at them rather than by them. Why not just stick with cable?


Disc brakes are far more effective in the wet and it you have mud all over your wheel rims it contaminates the brake block and hinders the efficiency.
#15
pibpob;8513781
Not sure why the obsession with hydraulic disc brakes - in my (albeit limited) experience, their users tend to swear at them rather than by them. Why not just stick with cable?


slamdunkin;8513794
Disc brakes are far more effective in the wet

Now read my posting again. :)
banned#16
what was the point of your post....

Disc brakes tend to perform equally well in all conditions including water, mud, and snow due to a several factors:

The braking surface is farther from the ground and possible contaminants like mud which can coat or freeze on the rim.
Disc brake pads when fully retracted ride much closer to the braking surface than rim brake pads. This better prevents a buildup of water or gunk under the pad.
There are holes in the rotor, providing a path for water and gunk to get out from under the pads.
Wheel rims tend to be made of lightweight metal. Brake discs and pads are harder and can accept higher maximum loads.
Disc brakes offer better modulation of braking power and generally require less effort at the lever to achieve the same braking power.[citation needed]

The use of very wide tyres favors disc brakes, as rim brakes require ever-longer arms to clear the wider tyre. Longer arms tend to flex more, degrading braking. Disc brakes are unaffected by tyre width.

Edit

oh I see ....you mean mechanical discs as opposed to hydraulic disc, Cable to me means the old style V cable brakes with the pads that make contact with the wheel rim.

So to try and answer your question Hydraulic disc brakes are better than the mechanical disc type because they are more powerful enabling one finger breaking and should need less adjustment and maintenance to keep them running efficiently
#17
slamdunkin
what was the point of your post....

Edit

oh I see ....you mean mechanical discs as opposed to hydraulic disc, Cable to me means the old style V cable brakes with the pads that make contact with the wheel rim.

So to try and answer your question Hydraulic disc brakes are better than the mechanical disc type because they are more powerful enabling one finger breaking and should need less adjustment and maintenance to keep them running efficiently

You don't give in easily do you?
banned#18
Besford
You don't give in easily do you?


Sorry I don't understand what you mean by give in....I was trying to answer a question for the benefit of the person asking or anyone else that may find it useful.
#19
slamdunkin
Sorry I don't understand what you mean by give in....I was trying to answer a question for the benefit of the person asking or anyone else that may find it useful.


I guess he means admit you didn't read the post properly!
banned#20
I did read it properly...but as I said cable brakes mean V brakes to me...It would have been much more clear had he said mechanical disc brakes.
#21
slamdunkin
I did read it properly...but as I said cable brakes mean V brakes to me...It would have been much more clear had he said mechanical disc brakes.

Still not giving in then!

What's your real name - Gordon Brown?
#22
hotukdealz
Carrera Kraken on Sale @ Halfords


you sure...?, theres "selected" Carrera bikes on offer at the mo, does not include Kraken AFAICS

Im after a Kraken myself hoping and holding out to try and get it a £320 as it was a few weeks ago
#23
Besford
Still not giving in then!

What's your real name - Gordon Brown?


HrHr, Yes ridiculous. What a bigot.
Perhaps Slamdunkin should go round to Pibpob's house to offer an apology, beg for a handshake in front of the cameras in the driveway of his house.

And when he doesn't get one, just stand in the driveway solo like a tw4t and claim a moral victory?
#24
Hehe oh well! I may not have used the correct terminology but I did use italics to emphasise what I was getting at.
slamdunkin;8513856
Hydraulic disc brakes are better than the mechanical disc type because they are more powerful enabling one finger breaking and should need less adjustment and maintenance to keep them running efficiently
Hope your spelling mistake isn't Freudian!

A colleague has hydraulic brakes and says they are a pain to maintain. One of the problems apparently is that they have to be absolutely level to bleed them or something. (I have experience with motorcycle hydraulic brakes but not bicycle ones.) Another colleague's hydraulic brakes seized up completely, so he had to leave his bike at work overnight and it got stolen :-( - bad luck I know.

My cable-operated ones (Avid BB7) allow one-finger braking and seem to have good reviews - better than the Shimano ones which are taking over as Shimano uses its marketing muscle and dodgy business practices to exclude the smaller players. I do get the impression that hydraulic ones are possibly overkill, sold for theoretical rather than practical advantages. I might be wrong but it strikes me that the insistence on hydraulic brakes by people in this thread is a little misplaced.

I agree with you on the advantages of disc brakes - I went to a lot of effort to get disc brakes on a non-mountain bike because of performance in the wet, less frequent adjustment and the fact that I seem to get through a wheel rim about every year with rim brakes.
#25
If you are having to bleed disc breaks often then there's something wrong with them - probably a leak in the system.

I've done mine once in 6 years, and that was only because that was at the recommended period for changing the fluid.

If you've a stand and a bleed kit they're a doddle to do. They would only be a pain if you're trying to to it yourself without the right kit.
Changing the pads is also only a 5 min job.
#26
Indeed they can go wrong.

Isn't changing the pads a 5-minute job with cable-operated disc brakes too? Not had to do mine yet...
#27
Yes - disc brake pads generally are easy to swap.

It can vary by particular make, but typically all you need are some long-nosed pliers.
On my hydraulic set all you need to do is straighten the split pin that holds the pads in and pull it out. Pull out the old pads, and spring clip. Push the pistons back a bit to allow for the new pads being thicker. put the pads between the new spring clip and push them in. Put the split pin back in.

I assume on a mechanical set you would have to slacken the cable back a bit before putting in the new pads, assuming it had been tightened as the old pads wore down.
#28
Cotterpin;8520989
I assume on a mechanical set you would have to slacken the cable back a bit before putting in the new pads, assuming it had been tightened as the old pads wore down.
On mine you don't adjust the cables: "As the bike is ridden and the pads wear, do not use the brake lever adjusting barrel or cable pinch bolt to account for pad wear...Use pad-adjusting knobs to move pads closer to rotor. Turn the fixed pad adjusting knob clockwise twice as many clicks as the moving pad adjusting knob to maintain the 2:1 ratio of pad to rotor spacing."
#29
Anyone buy the Merida Speeder?

At that price, its ridiculous!! Really tempted myself.
#30
Toybhoy
Anyone buy the Merida Speeder?

At that price, its ridiculous!! Really tempted myself.


When I phoned they said it is very small ideal for 5ft 5" or less :x

Also the photo is wrong, it is the 8 speed nexus version, not as shown.
#31
thanks!
#32
I am looking for a bike to start cycling around a little bit in my neighbourhood and by the canals and parks. was looking at their specials and saw:

Revolution Courier Race '09
Was £349.99
Now only £225.00 Details

Marin Kentfield '09
Was £374.99
Now only £249.00

Revolution Courier Nexus '09
Was £399.99
Now only £249.

Revolution Courier Classic Disc '09
Was £349.99
Now only £249.00 Details

Revolution Courier 27 '09
Was £399.99
Now only £249.00 Details

Any thoughts on these? 250 is probably the max I would spend given I am a novice and not sure how much I'll like cycling after a while. I am 5'8" so I'd probably be looking at a 17" or 18".

Would really value some advice.
#33
That's a pretty good approach. £250 should get you something 'reasonable', then if you like biking you'll want to buy something better after a couple of years. That's how I got into biking.

If you buy something really cheap, the (lack of) quality of the bike may put you off altogether.
Buy something expensive then you may waste your money if you don't stick with it.

How about something like this: Giant Rincon Gents ATB Bike 2010
Giant are are good make. James's are a good bike shop, particularly if you're near one of their stores. 17" sounds about right, but it's always best to physically try them for size if you can.


If you do stick with it, you'll know when you need to upgrade the bike. After a couple of years you'll want to start doing things that the bike isn't capable of, or you'll have to start replacing parts at more and more frequent intervals. Then you'll want to buy a 'good' bike.

Hope you enjoy it.
#34
Thanks. Yes, that's really the approach I have in mind. Yes, I was looking at Giants but I missed the previous deal posted (and it was for a 17"). Reading about I thought perhaps I should opt more for a hybrid or at least for a bike with tyres also suitable for road use.

This is why I was looking at some of the deals posted above. Would you say a Giant Rincon ATB is a better bike for what I have in mind and value? Thanks again.

Revolution Courier Race '09
http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f_ProductID=10819&f_SupersetQRY=C224&f_SortOrderID=1&f_bct=c012528c021513
Marin Kentfield '09
http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f_ProductID=9913&f_SupersetQRY=C224&f_SortOrderID=1&f_bct=c012528c021513
#35
As always - it depends.

The key difference for me would be the front fork - the 2 revolution bikes are rigid, the Giant has front suspension. Probably not significant for towpath and park, but if you want to go on anything rougher then worth considering.

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