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The Carrera Hellcat Mens Mountain Bike - 2018 can't wait to get out there and show you what it's made of. A lightweight alloy frame is paired with crisp 24 speed SRAM gears for powerful hill climbs, and the Suntour XCM suspension fork has a fantastic 100mm of travel to take the brunt out of those forest trails. The Hellcat is topped off with Tektro disc brakes for perfect stops, every time.

  • Gears: 24 speed SRAM X4 gears for easy climbs
  • Brakes: Powerful and controllable Tektro disc brakes
  • Forks: Suntour XCM 100mm travel suspension fork
  • Frame: Lightweight alloy frame
  • Wheels: Large 29 x 2 Kenda tyres easily roll over obstacles

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I am looking for a decent road bike 300-400 quid. Any recommendations?
ovisan11/07/2019 16:57

I am looking for a decent road bike 300-400 quid. Any recommendations?


Looking on HDUK and various cycle forums the BTwin Triban range from Decathalon get great reviews.
I don't understand why they don't do a 22" frame in these.
How does this compare to the voodoo Bantu posted earlier?
mattzildjian11/07/2019 18:21

How does this compare to the voodoo Bantu posted earlier?


Buy voodu. My kids have this.
ovisan11/07/2019 16:57

I am looking for a decent road bike 300-400 quid. Any recommendations?


Me too. Need a good road bike close to 300£
RedAnnette11/07/2019 18:31

Me too. Need a good road bike close to 300£


My advice would be to get out there and visit some bike shops - both chain, and independent - and buy a bike that you like and will be happy to ride.

Asking for advice on bikes is tricky as they are a very personal thing - whatever you recommend or buy someone will come along and say you should have spent £££ more or that another bike has a better headset than yours or whatever. But the primary concern at that price point is do you like it and will you ride it!

My only piece of spec advice is that if you are stuck choosing between a couple of bikes, pick the lightest.
Harley_Mick11/07/2019 18:09

I don't understand why they don't do a 22" frame in these.


Because if it's used for its intended purpose you'd need to be a VERY big person to need a 22"? In reality most are just ridden around the streets on one wheel by kids .
Edited by: "Besford" 11th Jul
Besford11/07/2019 19:48

Because if it's used for its intended purpose you'd need to be a VERY bif …Because if it's used for its intended purpose you'd need to be a VERY bif person to need a 22"? In reality most are just ridden around the streets on one wheel by kids .


I'm 1.97m tall
Harley_Mick11/07/2019 19:55

I'm 1.97m tall


What's that in old money? Anyway, the point is that the correct size in a mountain bike will be smaller than for a road bike because of the way it's ridden. If you need a 22" on road you may not off-road?
RedAnnette11/07/2019 18:31

Me too. Need a good road bike close to 300£


Have a look at Facebook marketplace, second hand bikes go for around 50% less than new
Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for country-side terrain riding and forests and trails in the UK. My budget is around £300, but I'm still quite flexible if there is a sense to stretch.
Was considering Voodoo Bizango as highly rated starting point. Am a bit put off about buying a used bike having not much experience in evaluating if all works well. Is this an issue for a 1-2 yo bike? Am mindful of my time here really.
Is the Hellcat a good choice, or would it make sense to buy something better? Sounds like a teenage bike to me, which I am not.

Would appreciate a quick advice or a direction from here. Thank you.
Misudo11/07/2019 20:27

Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for …Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for country-side terrain riding and forests and trails in the UK. My budget is around £300, but I'm still quite flexible if there is a sense to stretch. Was considering Voodoo Bizango as highly rated starting point. Am a bit put off about buying a used bike having not much experience in evaluating if all works well. Is this an issue for a 1-2 yo bike? Am mindful of my time here really. Is the Hellcat a good choice, or would it make sense to buy something better? Sounds like a teenage bike to me, which I am not. Would appreciate a quick advice or a direction from here. Thank you.


See my comment a few above!
Besford11/07/2019 20:07

What's that in old money? Anyway, the point is that the correct size in a …What's that in old money? Anyway, the point is that the correct size in a mountain bike will be smaller than for a road bike because of the way it's ridden. If you need a 22" on road you may not off-road?


between 6'5" and 6' 6"
Misudo11/07/2019 20:27

Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for …Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for country-side terrain riding and forests and trails in the UK. My budget is around £300, but I'm still quite flexible if there is a sense to stretch. Was considering Voodoo Bizango as highly rated starting point. Am a bit put off about buying a used bike having not much experience in evaluating if all works well. Is this an issue for a 1-2 yo bike? Am mindful of my time here really. Is the Hellcat a good choice, or would it make sense to buy something better? Sounds like a teenage bike to me, which I am not. Would appreciate a quick advice or a direction from here. Thank you.


Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for £675 4 months old half price. Have some real fun.
Edited by: "ciarandanielbyrne1" 11th Jul
ciarandanielbyrne111/07/2019 21:58

Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for …Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for £675 4 months old half price. Have some real fun.


Thank you. Why?
ovisan11/07/2019 16:57

I am looking for a decent road bike 300-400 quid. Any recommendations?


Loads of options in that price range. I think there are still some Giant Contends at £399 at Tri UK, you can get a nice BH road bike for £300 at NRG cycles (very old stock though), the Carrera Virtuoso at Halfords and probably alternative choices at Decathlon and Go Outdoors. I'm not keen on Decathlon bikes personally and a quick look shows this model;

decathlon.co.uk/rc1…tml

Seems to have some lower end tourney and microshift components rather than a mainly Claris groupset and is close to £400, it looks poor value to me but others seem to like the brand. You should be able to get something with mostly all Claris groupset with perhaps only the crankset and brakes changed. At current pricing it's hard to beat the Virtuoso.

The BH bike is good in that it's only £300 but is a sub 10kg weight. The Contend is probably worth the extra £100 though and I think closer to 9.5kg weight. The Carrera Virtuoso has a steel fork rather than carbon fibre so the bike is a bit heavier but also more abusable and resistant to damage, potholes etc.
Misudo11/07/2019 20:27

Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for …Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for country-side terrain riding and forests and trails in the UK. My budget is around £300, but I'm still quite flexible if there is a sense to stretch. Was considering Voodoo Bizango as highly rated starting point. Am a bit put off about buying a used bike having not much experience in evaluating if all works well. Is this an issue for a 1-2 yo bike? Am mindful of my time here really. Is the Hellcat a good choice, or would it make sense to buy something better? Sounds like a teenage bike to me, which I am not. Would appreciate a quick advice or a direction from here. Thank you.


Depending on how a bike has been ridden, looked after etc it could be heavily worn or almost pristine with in a year or two. Just looking at it would give you some idea, then checking for wobbles (holding front brakes and check there is no play in the forks, also check the cranks and wheels for vertical movement), rattles, gears and brakes would give you a better idea.

If its not heavily ridden or well cared for and repairs should be minimal, if things are well worn or neglected, it could cost £30-50-100+ to fix.

Its a risk but could get you a bargain.

These days £300 on new should get you something fit for purpose, but certainly at the low end. Avoid the big brands, try the halfords, decathlon, chain reaction and gooutdoors models and you may get more bank for you buck - but best wait for a 'sale' or promotion.

Personally I would want shimano hydro brakes as a minimum, and ideally shimano or sram gearing in 9 or 10speed.

If you can be patient, post August and you will see the 2020 models coming in and get a 2019 deal.

If your planned riding is easier going and on relatively flat surfaces consider if you need front suspension and find some ridgid (i.e. lighter, quicker, cheaper, better spec).
Misudo11/07/2019 22:07

Thank you. Why?


I had one. They are great fun. Now I have a Vitus Escarpe. Dual Suspension able to ride rough bumps without kickback which is safer and more comfortable than a hard tail. I have had many mountain bikes and there is nothing like a quality dual suspension bike to enjoy easy trails and a few harder ones. Go watch a mountain bike event and try some bikes out for free.
Edited by: "ciarandanielbyrne1" 12th Jul
mattrixdesign211/07/2019 22:56

Depending on how a bike has been ridden, looked after etc it could be …Depending on how a bike has been ridden, looked after etc it could be heavily worn or almost pristine with in a year or two. Just looking at it would give you some idea, then checking for wobbles (holding front brakes and check there is no play in the forks, also check the cranks and wheels for vertical movement), rattles, gears and brakes would give you a better idea. If its not heavily ridden or well cared for and repairs should be minimal, if things are well worn or neglected, it could cost £30-50-100+ to fix.Its a risk but could get you a bargain.These days £300 on new should get you something fit for purpose, but certainly at the low end. Avoid the big brands, try the halfords, decathlon, chain reaction and gooutdoors models and you may get more bank for you buck - but best wait for a 'sale' or promotion.Personally I would want shimano hydro brakes as a minimum, and ideally shimano or sram gearing in 9 or 10speed.If you can be patient, post August and you will see the 2020 models coming in and get a 2019 deal.If your planned riding is easier going and on relatively flat surfaces consider if you need front suspension and find some ridgid (i.e. lighter, quicker, cheaper, better spec).


perfect synopsis, thank you)
Misudo11/07/2019 20:27

Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for …Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for country-side terrain riding and forests and trails in the UK. My budget is around £300, but I'm still quite flexible if there is a sense to stretch. Was considering Voodoo Bizango as highly rated starting point. Am a bit put off about buying a used bike having not much experience in evaluating if all works well. Is this an issue for a 1-2 yo bike? Am mindful of my time here really. Is the Hellcat a good choice, or would it make sense to buy something better? Sounds like a teenage bike to me, which I am not. Would appreciate a quick advice or a direction from here. Thank you.


Buy the Bizango! You will not be disappointed! I have one and I absolutely love it.
ciarandanielbyrne111/07/2019 21:58

Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for …Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for £675 4 months old half price. Have some real fun.


ah times have moved on since i were a lad, 675 used to be quite different to 300!
Misudo11/07/2019 20:27

Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for …Is there a bike-savvy person around here? I would like to buy a bike for country-side terrain riding and forests and trails in the UK. My budget is around £300, but I'm still quite flexible if there is a sense to stretch. Was considering Voodoo Bizango as highly rated starting point. Am a bit put off about buying a used bike having not much experience in evaluating if all works well. Is this an issue for a 1-2 yo bike? Am mindful of my time here really. Is the Hellcat a good choice, or would it make sense to buy something better? Sounds like a teenage bike to me, which I am not. Would appreciate a quick advice or a direction from here. Thank you.


My advice would be to go to a nearby mountain bike centre (hopefully you have one reasonably near) and hire a bike.

There can be a huge variety in what people call 'Cross Country riding' - some would mean canal paths and gravel roads (you need a hybrid or gravel bike) and others could mean rough paths up a gully on Ben Nevis and mountain bike tracks (you'll need a decent hardtail or full suspension mountain bike like the Calibre someone has mentioned).

So many people buy a really nice bike only to find it doesn't fit their needs....

eg If you plan on being on road or flattish gravel paths you'll very quickly get fed up with the weight of a full suspension bike (although it all depends upon your level of fitness etc).

Similarly if you're only ever doing mountain bike tracks and downhills, you'll be really limited on a hybrid....

Hence I'd really recommend hiring a full suspension bike for a few hours, go and do a mountain bike course and see if you like it.... If you feel that you're likely to be doing more mundane stuff, get a hybrid. (or a hardtail mountain bike and put some semi slick tyres on it....)

Ultimately, unless you're fantastically fit, do look out for the lightest bike you can find.... You'll find out why after you've used it for a few hours!

Enjoy

(ps - if you decide you enjoy it, you'll most likely end up with multiple Bikes within a Few years anyway!)
RedAnnette11/07/2019 18:31

Me too. Need a good road bike close to 300£


Have a look on FB market place I saw a great specialized with 105 group set that didn't have a single mark on it for £200 last year,or Ebay and set the distance to how far you would travel to look,I bought a nice Trek mountain bike that was posted to me, as I could see it was essentialy unused, a guy had several for sale that he had provided with his holiday let cottages and then had decided to sell them,it came with 1 scratch and I paid £165 for an £800 bike,just take your time and you will find something,there are loads of bikes about that people buy and don't bother using maybe encouraged by the cycle to work scheme to purchase a bike and then have gone back to driving or people that find that exercise isn't for them
Edited by: "phantom1973" 13th Jul
ovisan11/07/2019 16:57

I am looking for a decent road bike 300-400 quid. Any recommendations?


Can you combine end of season sales with a cycle to work voucher? (Not that it helps you find a bike mind you!)
There's a garden burglary problem in my area, so I'm thinking of buying a folding mountain bike that I can keep in the house. Would need to support a 6' 5" male.

Anyone suggest anywhere? I'm struggling to find one online.
Edited by: "tumbleweed34" 13th Jul
RedAnnette11/07/2019 18:31

Me too. Need a good road bike close to 300£


If you can, try getting cycle to work scheme. It'll increase your budget by 20-40% as its using pre tax money. Then check out wiggle and tredz. Both have cracking deals on for clearance models for the previous year. I managed to get a road bike which originally cost £900 for half price before 40% discount due to cycle to work... so essentially just over 300£.
waby123411/07/2019 19:48

My advice would be to get out there and visit some bike shops - both …My advice would be to get out there and visit some bike shops - both chain, and independent - and buy a bike that you like and will be happy to ride. Asking for advice on bikes is tricky as they are a very personal thing - whatever you recommend or buy someone will come along and say you should have spent £££ more or that another bike has a better headset than yours or whatever. But the primary concern at that price point is do you like it and will you ride it!My only piece of spec advice is that if you are stuck choosing between a couple of bikes, pick the lightest.


Alas it's not as simple as this. I bought a second hand Triban road bike, as the reviews were favourable. And only after riding the thing for a few months does it feel like a good fit (the size was supposedly correct for me, but initially felt wrong). I'm totally biased to my previous bike. Comfort is a hard thing to guage. I remember reading that a bent back is preferable for shock to a straight one as your muscles rather than spine takes the slack, that's not immediately obvious when you use say a sit up and beg bike. Consult an expert.
Edited by: "BucketMan" 13th Jul
ciarandanielbyrne111/07/2019 21:58

Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for …Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for £675 4 months old half price. Have some real fun.


You just more than doubled his budget!

Doesn't sound like he's into the same 'real fun' as you.

Surely when you recommend a bike you need to take into account all criteria based on the rider and not yourself!
Gets freakin tiresome when silly over the top recommendations get thrown about.
ciarandanielbyrne111/07/2019 21:58

Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for …Buy a Calibre Bossnut Evo. Used for around £700. I see one on eBay for £675 4 months old half price. Have some real fun.


The hellcat is a decent enough bike.
I used to race my dog around the woods, more than capable and I'm definitely not a teen sadly.
If all you're looking for is a bike to ride in the woods and trails, this will do nicely, pretty good spec for £227! Ok, it wouldn't last long bombing down Whistler! but that ain't what it's designed for is it! Show me a bike with better or comparable spec for this money, not £275 or £300, but for £227, point me in the right direction coz i am thinking of getting one for my missus to ride around the trails.
Edited by: "Billa63" 13th Jul
tumbleweed3413/07/2019 09:40

There's a garden burglary problem in my area, so I'm thinking of buying a …There's a garden burglary problem in my area, so I'm thinking of buying a folding mountain bike that I can keep in the house. Would need to support a 6' 5" male. Anyone suggest anywhere? I'm struggling to find one online.



My advice would be ; don't!

A folding MTB is not a good idea. A folding MTB for a very tall rider is a bad idea.
However, if you must, have a look at Dahon - they've made a couple of folding MTBs in the past which you might find SH and still make one with 24" wheels. Though I suspect you'll find them too small.
Avoid cheap folders - Amazon. etc. is littered with cheap folding bikes that aren't fit for purpose. They're definitely not fit for a tall rider going off road.

Isn't there a way you could make space for a conventional bike in the house - a wall mount or ceiling rack?
ovisan11/07/2019 16:57

I am looking for a decent road bike 300-400 quid. Any recommendations?


I recommend you don't buy a mountain bike.
ArthurDent113/07/2019 10:34

My advice would be ; don't!A folding MTB is not a good idea. A folding MTB …My advice would be ; don't!A folding MTB is not a good idea. A folding MTB for a very tall rider is a bad idea.However, if you must, have a look at Dahon - they've made a couple of folding MTBs in the past which you might find SH and still make one with 24" wheels. Though I suspect you'll find them too small.Avoid cheap folders - Amazon. etc. is littered with cheap folding bikes that aren't fit for purpose. They're definitely not fit for a tall rider going off road.Isn't there a way you could make space for a conventional bike in the house - a wall mount or ceiling rack?


Sadly not. The only other way I can think of getting a bike in the house would be to have a quick release front wheel and a carrying bag for getting it up the stairs.

I've found it difficult to find any new bikes with quick release wheels though. I might have to contact places that sell second hand and hope they have something suitable.
waby123411/07/2019 20:32

See my comment a few above!


Last Monday bought a rockrider 530st from decathlon (L and 27.5 wheels red and black color)., seems to be a good bike for £349 although the website says £369 or £379,not sure, this was using cyclescheme. Reason I chose this store was I found them very helpful and their willingness to fix any problem pretty quickly. This maybe the case with other stores too but not sure.
Can you use cycletowork schemes on these types of offers?
tumbleweed3413/07/2019 10:57

Sadly not. The only other way I can think of getting a bike in the house …Sadly not. The only other way I can think of getting a bike in the house would be to have a quick release front wheel and a carrying bag for getting it up the stairs. I've found it difficult to find any new bikes with quick release wheels though. I might have to contact places that sell second hand and hope they have something suitable.


That's surprising; most bikes have quick release wheels.
Mine has a belt drive and internal gear hub so the back wheel isn't quick release, but the front still is.
I can't remember the last time I saw a bike that didn't come with QR as standard.
tumbleweed3413/07/2019 10:57

Sadly not. The only other way I can think of getting a bike in the house …Sadly not. The only other way I can think of getting a bike in the house would be to have a quick release front wheel and a carrying bag for getting it up the stairs. I've found it difficult to find any new bikes with quick release wheels though. I might have to contact places that sell second hand and hope they have something suitable.


Most front wheels are easy to remove except for very cheap nutted axles, you shouldn't have any problem removing the front wheel quickly. As for the bike itself maybe a carbon fibre hardtail, that will be the lightest bike for getting it upstairs. Horrible that bike theft is common in some areas and people have to choose their bike with that in mind. Are there any other options like storing the bike itself in a shed but bringing the saddle post and front wheel inside so the bike isn't complete and can't be ridden off or would they still steal the parts? Alternatively grunge up the bike with horrible paintwork and dirt to make it low value and undesirable as well as storing the front wheel and saddlepost inside. I guess that depends on where you can store it, I'm thinking you may have a shed or garage but maybe you don't have access to such storage.
ArthurDent113/07/2019 11:24

That's surprising; most bikes have quick release wheels.Mine has a belt …That's surprising; most bikes have quick release wheels.Mine has a belt drive and internal gear hub so the back wheel isn't quick release, but the front still is.I can't remember the last time I saw a bike that didn't come with QR as standard.


To be honest with you, I couldn't find it in the description of bikes I looked at online. Perhaps it did have quick release then. I'll ring Decathlon and ask about specific bikes they're selling. Might be easiest.
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