Rockrider 500S Full Suspension Mountain Bike £239.00 @ Decathlon
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Rockrider 500S Full Suspension Mountain Bike £239.00 @ Decathlon

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Found 22nd Jun 2015
Rockrider 500S Mountain Bike
Large / XL only
Other sizes are £289.99 at the moment, apparently reduced from £330.

Cue comments about full suspension bikes under £1000

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About these comments, there is a reason why people say such a thing. It is simply true- FOR your proper mtbers who rip up the trails etc and do proper off road.
At this quality a hardtail is better and more suites. It is overkill.

I started out on a similar priced rockrider bike several years ago when I wanted to try mountain biking. it was okay for fire trail riding (perfectly fine if that's what your into)... but when I started doing proper off road it started to show the difference between a cheap bike and a more expensive model and the centre suspension pivot pin sheared. I took the bike back to Decathlon and they refunded me the cost of the bike. I upgraded to a £700 ish rockrider model that lasted me for years of hard riding (I still have in the garage). my wife also has a £1200 rockrider model which she bought after being impressed with my slightly cheaper version. in the value for money stakes, on rockrider bikes you seem to get a lot of kit for your money (probably better value than the likes of Halfords). so, if you are just going to do the basics then this would be fine... but for a proper off road experience I would suggest spending a bit more otherwise you may get a little frustrated when thing start to fail. I have a Giant X3 and haven't had a spanner on it in 3 years of riding

It's not bad for the price and a hell of a lot better than pretty much any other suspension bike at that price (and a lot of hardtails)
But expect very basic suspension with little potential for adjustment, the effect of this is lots of energy lost to the suspension bobbing - think two pedals strokes forward and one back
15.9kg is not lightweight but at this price range it's not heavy either
SRAM x4 gears are functional
Might be worth looking at the Decathlon rock rider hardtail range at this price you will get a lighter weight bike with better spec that will be more pleasurable to ride

Still hot though if you are determined to go down a full suspension route

Also at this price point you get HAYES MX5 front and rear cable disc brake... which, whilst better than traditional friction pads are no match to a hydraulic caliper.... try it and you will see the marked difference

What they have done is stepped down the components and shoved a rear shock in there. So not the best of quality. I have always had problems with cable disc brakes so I would never recommend them. SRAM X4 isn't the best too. Quite basic

Original Poster

My wife has one (paid £290) and she loves it. Heavy, yes, but not particularly bouncy. Bikes like this are great for kitting out the family for some light trail riding without spending the price of a car. We regularly ride the easier stuff at Hadleigh Farm.

Original Poster

It's a similar bike to the Rockrider 6.3, rated 4.5/5 by Bike Radar here:
bikeradar.com/gea…96/
Edited by: "insx" 23rd Jun 2015

MAdam98

About these comments, there is a reason why people say such a thing. It … About these comments, there is a reason why people say such a thing. It is simply true- FOR your proper mtbers who rip up the trails etc and do proper off road. At this quality a hardtail is better and more suites. It is overkill.



Spot on, was looking at a few full suspension bikes last week as my mate is buying one at the £1550-1650 price bracket, I was amazed how they had pretty much identical drive set, brakes and front forks as my £800 RRP hardtail..
The old mantra you get what you pay for, it might look the same but on true off-road a cheaper bike will show its lack of quality pretty quickly..

Original Poster

If "proper off road" means jumps and drop offs and the like, I would tend to agree with you guys. Some people are just happy for the little bumps to be smoothed out and for riding over grass to be more comfortable. Horses for courses.
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