GT Aggressor 3 2014 Mountain Bike - £174.99 @ Rutland Cycling
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GT Aggressor 3 2014 Mountain Bike - £174.99 @ Rutland Cycling

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Found 10th Sep 2014
I tend not to post deals because of the negative comments people give, but I thought I would give this a go and see what happens.

I have been looking for an entry level mountain bike for some time. I have browsed for hours/days/weeks on Ebay and Gumtree for the suggested bargain buys that I keep reading about on other deals but I have unfortunately been unsuccessful. Ideally I wanted to buy a new bike, not second hand as I didn't want the risk of buying a bike that has been hammered.

I have just come across this and for the money, for a brand new bike it looks like a good deal?

I'm sure there will be some people that say "spend £100 more and get "x" " but for this price this appears to be the best out there.

Bike Radar gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars for the 2011 version when it was priced at £299.

bikeradar.com/gea…16/

4 stars = Very good: one of the best you can buy
3 stars = Good: it'll do the job well

Couple of consumer reviews here too

evanscycles.com/pro…144

A lot more expensive elsewhere -

£259 at Evans Cycles (link above)

£279.99 at Tredz
tredz.co.uk/.GT…ACA

Summary
• Great-value, all-purpose bike
• Best for recreational mountain biking, trails and urban commuting
• Sturdy, lightweight alloy frame
• Lively, nimble ride, with roomy frame geometry, 26" wheels and short-travel suspension fork

The Aggressor 3 is a perfect choice if you're looking for an all-purpose mountain bike that can cruise down tow paths, speed along country trails and tackle tough urban commutes. The 63mm Suntour suspension fork means you can tackle bumpier terrain and take this bike on more adventurous outdoor pursuits. including wooded trails, singletrack and cross country rides. A large selection of 21 Shimano gears and Shimano EZ Fire shifters give you enough range to tackle any hill, track and adventure. Rack and mudguard mounts make it commuter friendly, too.

26" Alex wheels

The Aggressor's 26" Alex wheels are nimble and responsive in tight corners and over rough terrain. They also allow you to build up speed more quickly for those short bursts - perfect for speeding ahead of your friends on tight singletrack.

Suntour 63mm travel suspension fork

The 63mm short-travel Suntour fork on the GT Aggressor provides enough travel to cope with most cross country and singletrack riding. Although large drop offs and heavy-duty off-roading might be off the menu for this bike, the short travel means that you will be much more efficient on the bike, and every pedal stroke will count; allowing you to ride faster with greater ease.

21 Shimano gears

21 Shimano Tourney gears provide you with enough range to conquer any hill, whether it's a lung-bursting climb or a cheek-stretching descent. The rapid EX Fire shifters also mean that you can change gears quickly and easily using your thumb and fore-finger, so you can respond quickly to changes in terrain and gradient.

Aluminium frame

The GT Aggressor 3.0 features a lightweight 6061 Aluminium frame. This is one of the lighter grades of aluminium available on the market. This means you will be able to pedal the bike further and faster than ever before. Its alloy frame is sturdy and reliable, and its roomy frame geometry gives it a sprightly, nimble feel, more akin to higher-priced bikes.

Rack and mudguard mounts

The GT Aggressor 3 is commuter-friendly, too, and comes equipped with rear rack and mudguard eyes.

Sizing
•Medium: 17.5"
•Large: 19"
•X Large: 20.5"

Note: This bike is shipped un-built in original factory box and will require a full build and set up, including gear alignment. Instructions included are purely a guide; professional setup is advised. Any faults caused by incorrect setup will not be covered under warranty.


Don't forget Evans price match! Order to store and they will build for free and give it a health check!
- fozzeh

134 Comments

I think I would rather spend an extra £450 just to show what a spanner I am.



is this good value?

Just at price i want to spend, been lookin at the Carreras at Halfords too.

Hot,its a nice bike for a first timer into the mountain bike world for me.I bought one second hand from a mate at work and I'm pleased as punch. Good price for new, nice find op.

I think its a very good find. amazing price and good brand. I'm in.

Original Poster

philphil61

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/b-twin-rockrider-5-0-mountain-bike-shimano-21-speed-anthracite-grey-free-pump-bell-982708 and here http://gadgetshow.channel5.com/gadgets/transport/cycle/btwin-rockrider-50 and just to add a little more detail the Rockrider 5.0 has been renumbered Rockrider 300 http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-300-mountain-bike-id_8284495.html#anchor_ComponentProductTechnicalInformation @ £119.99 it's not for the Pro Bike Brigade who wear bright green lycra on there gold plated carbon fibre +£700 bikes but hey ho!



I was toying with the idea of a B'twin bike for sometime as I've heard excellent things about them, but there is just something about the GT Aggressor that is just that much more desirable - and that may be just from my uneducated view point.

evans cycles should price match this...

I'd spend an extra £100 or so and get something a lot better. This bike is pants and not worth the money. Cold.

Really good post OP. Hope you make many more! Have had a couple of GT ATBs over the years and always enjoyed them. This seems like a bargain! Hot.

Banned

Just checked the spec and it's very basic for the price and it's very retro... V brakes and Suntour forks... you'd be better with a Chopper or Grifter

Pretty difficult to find a decent bike for under £200.

Better to get a second hand real bike off Gumtree.

Original Poster

leelee6781

Just checked the spec and it's very basic for the price and it's very … Just checked the spec and it's very basic for the price and it's very retro... V brakes and Suntour forks... you'd be better with a Chopper or Grifter



What would you recommend as better spec at this price?

Great find - Very cheap entry level but reasonable gear dérailleur set IMO - I just spanked out on the Scott Scale 970 2014.

Also look at the Ammaco brand - sell on amazon, they aren't too bad, used my MTX 600 one for work daily and was good til some "stain" stole it........

leelee6781

Just checked the spec and it's very basic for the price and it's very … Just checked the spec and it's very basic for the price and it's very retro... V brakes and Suntour forks... you'd be better with a Chopper or Grifter



But can you do this on a chopper.....
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/2650/p947.gif

Banned

barnzla

What would you recommend as better spec at this price?


http://www.unicycle.uk.com/penny-farthing/complete-penny-s-93/custom-penny-farthings.html




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for the cash pretty damn good if you must have new, would describe it as the very bottom of the'proper' bike range, at this price you are normally looking at zoom forks and grip shift gears.

leelee6781

http://www.unicycle.uk.com/penny-farthing/complete-penny-s-93/custom-penny-farthings.htmlSent from Samsung Mobile


it's out of stock

I bought this bike 3 weeks ago from Rutland for £189.99. It's one of the worst bikes I have ever owned. The bike is heavy, gear changes are clunky - not smooth and the seat is very uncomfortable (pounds your ****). I would not recommend this bike (in my personal opinion) you are better off spending a little more and getting a better bike.

Very low spec.

Personally, if I was limited to that budget, I'd probably still be looking secondhand - suspect you should be able to get a fair bit better bike. I'm not sure what the front fork is like, a lot of the cheap ones really do add nothing to the ride, while adding a lot of weight and sapping pedalling power.

hukdbargain

I'd spend an extra £100 or so and get something a lot better. This bike … I'd spend an extra £100 or so and get something a lot better. This bike is pants and not worth the money. Cold.



Must be feeding time eh?

thebaron69

But can you do this on a chopper.....



I'd love to see any off the shelf bike do that and survive and even more so I'd like to see all the Pro Bike Brigade attempt it on their shiny expensive bike - wonders how many would be thinking "well that was exciting but the bike didn't survive and why am I in hospital?"

OP it depends entirely on several factors

How much you can afford
Whether the bike is for occasional cycle path/roads or dirt tracks or speed racing
Whether after the bike has had a few rides it will be put in the garden shed
Whether you are going to ride it in all weathers
Your basic knowledge of bike maintenance etc etc

Gumtree and fleabay - I also watched for months but the majority of "good bikes" are stupidly high price - I even picked up on a bike that was 6 months old but was more expensive than current deal price.... wtf

I had saved up enough and was about to borrow a car to go order/collect thr Rockrider 300 and just happened to check Gumtree just before getting the keys and someone close by had a Kona Smoke for £40 (I got for £35). Yes it had issues with gears (degreasing/cleaning fixed it), new saddle, lots of maintenance but it's an ok bike for me for £35 + a few parts.

I know how hard it is to get a good secondhand and the bike you listed seems OK - take some of the negative comments as if it was a 4tb hard drive - some will vote it cold because of the manufacturer, some will vote cold because of the seller yet it's still a good deal..

Enough said
Edited by: "philphil61" 10th Sep 2014

Good find Op and looks a decent deal to me. I agree with you, this bike is far better than a similarly priced second hand bike that's been heavily used. You can get lucky with second hand but most bikes I've seen have a shed load of scuffs and chips.

Don't let the handful of negative comments put you off posting. There are still people that appreciate your effort.

Voted hot

philphil61

I'd love to see any off the shelf bike do that and survive and even more … I'd love to see any off the shelf bike do that and survive and even more so I'd like to see all the Pro Bike Brigade attempt it on their shiny expensive bike - wonders how many would be thinking "well that was exciting but the bike didn't survive and why am I in hospital?"OP it depends entirely on several factorsHow much you can affordWhether the bike is for occasional cycle path/roads or dirt tracks or speed racingWhether after the bike has had a few rides it will be put in the garden shed Whether you are going to ride it in all weathersYour basic knowledge of bike maintenance etc etcGumtree and fleabay - I also watched for months but the majority of "good bikes" are stupidly high price - I even picked up on a bike that was 6 months old but was more expensive than current deal price.... wtfI had saved up enough and was about to borrow a car to go order/collect thr Rockrider 300 and just happened to check Gumtree just before getting the keys and someone close by had a Kona Smoke for £40 (I got for £35). Yes it had issues with gears (degreasing/cleaning fixed it), new saddle, lots of maintenance but it's an ok bike for me for £35 + a few parts.I know how hard it is to get a good secondhand and the bike you listed seems OK - take some of the negative comments as if it was a 4tb hard drive - some will vote it cold because of the manufacturer, some will vote cold because of the seller yet it's still a good deal..Enough said



I got up to 29.5mph on a busy downhill road today and that was scary enough!

leelee6781

Just checked the spec and it's very basic for the price and it's very … Just checked the spec and it's very basic for the price and it's very retro... V brakes and Suntour forks... you'd be better with a Chopper or Grifter



Always let the wife ride my chopper - been going for years and has never let her down

Good write up OP, this is a good budget bike - hell carrera's subways have ridged forks and cost a lot more ! And you are correct Second hand bikes go for crazy money, I've look a lot myself and for not much money more you can buy the brand new equivalent. I should point out that if anyone has a company cycle to work scheme and have abit more money you can get very good bikes. I'm going for a VOODOO HOODOO myself. Voted hot.

Surely it takes some skill to assemble this from scratch??

Good deal

Shimano tourney is the bottom of the Shimano parts range. But then for the price this is really good.

Jonnyblock

Surely it takes some skill to assemble this from scratch??



Most bikes are just a case of unboxing, fitting pedals, then adjusting the gears and brakes.

To the op: Post a deal if you think it's a good deal otherwise don't bother, it doesn't matter about the comments, it's as simple as that.

If you post multiple deals and you get little interest then you need to change something. I've posted deals on here, not loads but a few and I don't care at all about the negative comments.

I can put this another way, it's all about how you think, try thinking this way and see how it works for you >

What someone else thinks of me is none of my business.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 10th Sep 2014

Looks decent for the money
Edited by: "Superficial" 10th Sep 2014

Looks heavy - 20kgs heavy

thebaron69

Pretty difficult to find a decent bike for under £200.



hotukdeals.com/dea…698

Got a carrera vengeance 2011/12 model for £179 off here around 2 months ago best deal I've ever had on a bike done tons of upgrades and spent over £600 in total slowly bike has rockshox forks hydros discs new grips conti race king black chilli wheels ect

Personally I wouldn't touch it - I was looking a bit ago for a bike and did research to get me back in the loop. The fork on this is probably worse than having NO fork.
Halfords with the 20% off trick and the extra online daily discounts is the best option.
Agree no point posting a deal - but then you have heat for something that is not a decent deal as such so it just shows what a naff site this is. People vote HOT and they have no idea what they are voting on. People Vote Cold because they think £250 for a bike is expensive.

Yes I know it is more - but you either spend more on a decent deal or don't buy this - not good value.
I.e. Halfords have Voodoo Bantu at £319 (was £399) online. You can then get a further 20% off plus probably Quidco so it would be less than £260 - that is a deal. I wouldn't expect the people voting hot in this to understand but just simply look at the pointless for on this and well above entry level fork on Bantu.
p.s. Hoodoo less than £325. I personally would advice spend £20 on care plane.
Edited by: "bargainhunter666" 11th Sep 2014

bargainhunter666

Yes I know it is more - but you either spend more on a decent deal or … Yes I know it is more - but you either spend more on a decent deal or don't buy this - not good value.I.e. Halfords have Voodoo Bantu at £319 (was £399) online. You can then get a further 20% off plus probably Quidco so it would be less than £260 - that is a deal. I wouldn't expect the people voting hot in this to understand but just simply look at the pointless for on this and well above entry level fork on Bantu.p.s. Hoodoo less than £325. I personally would advice spend £20 on care plane.



The Bantu has an entry level fork. The Voodoo also.

Get Evans to price match and get 4% cashback from Quidco and have the option to collect from your local store.
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